Joanna MarpleIn her 20's. Joanna took her guitar and rucksack and wandered the continents, getting involved with some wonderful people, projects and stories. Right now she is a European transplant in the US who writes young adult novels and picture books that offer readers mirrors and windows; lives to 'live' and worlds to explore. Joanna believes equity and empathy should be at he core of our actions and words. She is also a school librarian and gets a kick out of book-matchmaking.
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Category Archives: 2015 Diversity Reading Challenge
Title: Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda Written by: Becky Albertalli Published by: Balzar & Bray, April, 2015 Themes/Topics: Coming out, homosexuality, blackmail, change, friendships Suitable for ages: 12-18 Opening: It’s a weirdly subtle conversation. I almost don’t notice I’m being blackmailed. … Continue reading
Title: New Shoes Written by: Susan Lynn Meyer Illustrated by: Eric Velasquez Published by: Holiday House, 2015 Themes/Topics: Shoes, Segregation, Discrimination, African American Interest, Human & Civil Rights, Fairness, Justice & Equality, Determination, Genre: Historical fiction Suitable for ages: 5-8 Opening: My cousin Charlotte … Continue reading
Title: Black Boy White School Written by: Brian F. Walker Published by: Harperteen, 2012 Themes/Topics: Racism, African Americans, Somalians, ghetto, class, Maine, boarding school, coming of age Suitable for ages: 14+ Opening: ANTHONY JONES, AN INKY BLACK KNOT OF A fourteen-year-old, stomped down … Continue reading