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: house without walls Author: Ching Yeung Russell Publisher: Yellow Jacket (Little Bee Books), 2019 Ages: 11-14 Themes: refugees, Vietnam, Vietnam boat people, Vietnamese, Chinese, refugee camps, pirates Novel in verse Opening: An hour before dawn, Ah Mah and my ma want us … Continue reading
Title: Manhattan: Mapping the Story of an Island Author & Illustrator: Jennifer Thermes Publisher: Henry N. Abrams, 2019 Ages: 6+ Themes: geography, city planning, sociology, historiography, cartography, Manhattan, maps, urban growth, New Amsterdam 62 pages, nonfiction Opening: MILLIONS OF YEARS AGO, when the … Continue reading