Joanna MarpleIn my 20's, with only my guitar and a rucksack, I wandered the continents, immersing myself in the lives of some wonderful people, projects and stories, which changed the way I view my responsibility to others and this earth. Right now I'm a European transplant in the US who writes books for children and young adults. Stories can help us not only navigate our world but can connect us to others, and allow us to inspire and help each other. I believe that equity and empathy should be at the core of our all actions, words, and stories. I am also a school librarian and I get a kick out of book-matchmaking! And I use the pronouns she/her.
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Title: The Return of the Grizzly – Sharing the Range with Yellowstone’s top Predator Author: Cat Urbigkit Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, 2018 Ages: adult Themes: ecosystem, conflict, predators, grizzly bears, Wyoming, protection, federal and state regulations, Yellowstone, animal advocacy, Opening: It took searchers three … Continue reading
Title: Mary’s Monster-Love, Madness, and How Mary Shelley Created FRANKENSTEIN Author & Illustrator: Lita Judge Publisher: Roaring Brook Press, 2018 Ages: 12+ Genre: Graphic novel in verse/biography Themes: Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, Pierce B Shelley, Lord Byron, female authors, gothic literature, feminism, catharsis, … Continue reading
Title: Surf’s Up Author: Kwame Alexander Illustrator: Daniel Miyares Publisher: North South, 2015 Ages: 4-8 Themes: Surf, summer joys, reading Opening: Surf’s up, Bro! Not yet, Dude. Books’ are boring. Not this one. Synopsis: Bro and Dude have very different ideas about how to … Continue reading