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: Ruby’s Hope, A Story of How the Famous “Migrant Mother” Photograph Became the Face of the Great Depression Author: Monica Kulling Illustrator: Sarah Dvojack Publisher: Page Street Publishing, McMillan, 2019 Genre: fictionalized biography Ages: 6-10 Themes: Great Depression, poverty, photography, famine, Oklahoma, Dorothea … Continue reading
Title: Indian No More Authors: Charlene Willing McMannis and Traci Sorrell Publisher: Tu Books, 2019 Ages: 8-11 Genre: Middle Grade Historical Fiction Themes: Native American Indians, Native American Month, #ownvoices, termination era, racism, Federal Indian Relocation Program Opening: Before being terminated. I was Indian. … 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