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Martha Brockenbrough
Born Martha Elizabeth Brockenbrough
Seattle, Washington
Nationality American
Notable awards Kirkus Prize Finalist
YALSA Nominee
Parents' Choice Award
Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award
Washington State Book Award

Martha Brockenbrough is an American author of fiction and nonfiction for children and adults. Her first book, It Could Happen To You: Diary Of A Pregnancy and Beyond, was published by Andrews McMeel Publishing in 2002. She is the founder of National Grammar Day and The Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar (SPOGG).


Brockenbrough was born in Seattle, Washington, and graduated in 1992 from Stanford University, where she studied Classics and English. She was editor-in-chief of the student newspaper, the Stanford Daily.


Brockenbrough was editor of and was an educational humor columnist for before its demise in 2009. She founded National Grammar Day in 2008.

Writing awards

Brockenbrough's young adult novel The Game of Love and Death, published 2015, was a finalist for the 2015 Kirkus Prize,. The book was selected as one of the Top 10 Romances for Youth by the American Library Association's publication, Booklist. It is also a nominee for YALSA's Best Books For Young Adults in 2016. It was listed as one of Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2015, and won the 2016 Washington State Book Awards in the category Books For Young Adults.

In spring 2016, The Discovery Channel published Brockenbrough's Shark Week: Everything You Need to Know. Publishers Weekly recommended the book to young readers.

Prior to The Game of Love and Death, Brockenbrough wrote Devine Intervention, a Kirkus Reviews Top 100 Books for Teens selection in 2012, and was selected by the Kansas State Reading Circle. It also won a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association book award for 2016.



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