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 that offer readers mirrors and windows. Stories can help us not only navigate our world but also 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 actions and words. I am also a school librarian and I get a kick out of book-matchmaking!
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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: Mary Anning’s Curiosity Author: Monica Kulling Illustraions by: Melissa Castrillon Publisher: Groundwood Books, 2017 Ages: 7-11+ Themes: fossils, paleontology, scientific discovery, mighty girls Opening: Long Ago in Lyme Regis More than two hundred years ago, a traveling fair … Continue reading
Title: Somewhere Among Author: Annie Donwerth-Chikamatsu Publisher: Athenium Books for Young Readers, 2016 Ages: 8-12 Themes: Japanese/American, biculturism, 2001, new baby, 9/11, terrorism, bullying I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review Opening: PREPARING MYSELF … Continue reading