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NeverSeconds: The Incredible Story of Martha Payne [Kindle Edition]

Dave Payne , Martha Payne
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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Martha Payne is nine years old. She set up a simple blog neverseconds where she reviewed her school lunches and talked about healthy eating for children. She hoped to raise a few hundred pounds for her favourite charity, Mary s Meals. After 7 million blog hits, one council led banning, being the number 1 story on every news site worldwide and having raised over £115,000 for Mary s Meals, Martha is one of the biggest news stories of the year. Endorsed by Jamie Oliver and Nick Nairn, her story is extraordinary - the little girl who changed lives in Africa, stood up to the government and won the hearts of people all over the world. Find out the real story of the blog, what happened behind the scenes, learn all about Martha's trip to Malawi and how her work is changing the lives of children there. Every copy sold provides 25 school dinners for children in Malawi through a donation to Mary's Meals. Find out about the most inspirational story of the year and help the fight to end hunger in Malawi.

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Martha is such an inspiration to anyone who wants to make a difference. She is a true hero. --Jamie Oliver

Winner of The Observer Food Monthly Awards 2012 Best Food Blog --The Observer

Top 25 Blogs of 2012 --TIME Magazine

Winner of The Observer Food Monthly Awards 2012 Best Food Blog --The Observer

Top 25 Blogs of 2012 --TIME Magazine

About the Author

Martha Payne, better known as Veg of neverseconds, is the nine year old author assisted by Dave Payne, her father. They live in Scotland.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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I purchased this out of curiousity; many people will recall this story from earlier in the year and now this charity book has been released.

First of all, this is a beautiful book-high quality paper, full colour photos from Martha's blog and lot of pictures of Malawi and the family.

Secondly, what a story. And well told by the father of Martha. If you're a parent, you'll absolutely identify with this book. Imagine if your young child was thrown into being a global star in just a few months-how would ou cope? The answer is that the Payne family seemed to be overwhelmed, but the kids come across as very grounded despite being asked to take part in amazing things that other children would be brattish about. The parents seem very nice and sensible and this is a very warm book. Stories of rejecting Hollywood film deals while going camping give you an idea of this! Likeable, ordinary people in a very unique situation.

I'll now be buying copies for gifts for Xmas. Brilliant stuff.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very honest book - an excellent read 24 Nov. 2012
I bought this book since I've been interested in the Neverseconds story from early on. It is an excellent book but really difficult to describe, and different from what I expected. The book gives the background story of Martha Payne's blog about her school lunches and the world-wide uproar which resulted when the local authority banned her photographing her lunches. The background is provided by Martha's dad David, with blog entries from Martha.

The story of the book can be viewed in a number of different ways:
* A David and Goliath story - big local authority against the ordinary people
* Parents trying to protect their family from media interest and intrusion
* The emerging importance of social media in society
* Working for better school meals
* How unlikely occurrences can provide opportunities to help others.
* The contrast between Scotland and Malawi.

It is a very honest book, and totally different to what I had expected. I had expected that it might just be a rather sentimental retelling of the happenings of the past few months with the main value in buying it being the contibution to Mary's Meals. Not so. The book does not hesitate to talk about bullying at school, about the family struggling to do what was best for all the kids, about thinking (wrongly) that relatives had sold photos of Martha to the media, about the difficulties of decision making in the face of media requests for access and instant responses.

It's the background stuff that makes this book so interesting - how they worked togeher as a family; the involvement of the grandparents; the detail of the confrontation with the council officials; the deviousness of some sections of the press; the offers they were made to go here there and everywhere.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love Martha, prepare to adore her!!! 20 Nov. 2012
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I have love the Never Seconds blog since the very public council ban and subsequent retraction.

I've laughed at Martha's humor, learnt about food from all over the world and even been made to reconsider my own relationship with food!

But I didin't realise how touching, heartbreaking, heartwarming and just downright lovely the story of Martha, David and Never Seconds really was!

I have not put this book down since I started reading it (I assumed it would just be the blog in book form) and have absolutely adored every second of their amazing tale!

For all those out there who love amazing stories of bravery, ingenuity and downright adorable children who want to make their dreams (and everybody elses!) come and love this book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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This is a well written book and reminds me well of the story that I started reading on the NeverSeconds blog.

Having followed the Blog I had wondered what the true 'back story' was that had lead to Martha having been told to stop taking photos of her school dinner for the Blog and then going on to raise such a fantastic amount of money for Marys Meals.

By writing this book David and Martha Payne have filled in those missing details that were not out there for us to read.

It shows where the adults in the local authority got the mood of the world wrong when they choose to stop Martha's photos. It also goes on to cover the local authorities reaction to being challenged about what they claimed and the way they then further backed themselves into a corner which resulted in making out that Martha was not being accurate in her reports of her school dinners and the choice available to all the children at her school.

Featuring Martha's Blog entries and photos along with Blogs from other children who were invited to be guest Bloggers during Martha's school holiday, with an explanation of what was causing the Blogs to be written side by side in the book the format is highly effective.

If you buy this you will want to buy a copy for a friend too, it would make an ideal Christmas present.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally inspiring! 5 Jan. 2013
By Jan Mc
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I read this in 2 nights. I only stopped on the first night because I got so angry about the way Martha was being treated by people who should have known better, I wanted to go punch a council official!!
I loved the honesty of Dave Payne about his relationship with Martha and the way the family tried to handle the furore that surrounded the Council ban on the photos of the meals.
The story of the trip to Malawi and a child's perspective on the lives of the people there were fascinating. I hope the family can get back to a relatively normal life again. If she decides to pursue journalism in the future, Martha will be great.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this are never too young ....too middle ....too old to make a difference - someone, somewhere in the world is waiting for the difference you were born to make
Published 11 months ago by H. Dyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Super
I was in love with her blog and I got it as a book. It what what I expected. Really cool book.
Published 21 months ago by AT
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful little girl
I bought this book for 2 of my older grandchildren and I read it too. The story of Martha Payne is an amazing story of a wonderful little girl. Read more
Published 23 months ago by I. J.
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring
Really dull book, very boring and very disappointing as the TV programme was great. Don't bother, I wouldn't if I were you
Published on 8 Mar. 2013 by Laura
5.0 out of 5 stars just had to see what all the fuss was about
well done martha - brilliant book - for someone so young to cause such a stir - i salute you -
it goes to show actually just how youngsters are bothered - and how immature... Read more
Published on 10 Feb. 2013 by wotcham8ty
5.0 out of 5 stars Martha is an inspiration to all 9 - 90 year olds!
A story of straightforward honest persistence clearly written by a loving father within a close family. Read more
Published on 5 Feb. 2013 by J. Choppin
5.0 out of 5 stars No Payne no gain
Refreshing honest. What an example of good family understanding.
This should be a book that children read to show what can be achieved .
Published on 4 Feb. 2013 by john underwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Caring little girl
I was impressed by the caring and considered attitude by Martha and her father. How fascinating to follow her progression from writing a blog about her school dinners to feeding... Read more
Published on 28 Jan. 2013 by ChrisMcT
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable read
This book was well written and a very enjoyable read.Martha Paynes father has managed to put a good book together about this young girls inspiring achievement.
Published on 28 Jan. 2013 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Never Seconds - Martha Payne
An incredible, heartwarming account of this young girl's battle with authority and subsequent money-raising activities on behalf of the needy in Africa. A joy to read.
Published on 28 Jan. 2013 by Ludder
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