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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Title: Ramona Blue Author: Julie Murphy Publisher: Balzer & Bray, 2017 Themes: love, genderqueer, fluid sexuality, bisexualism, lesbianism, family, responsibility, labeling, poverty, swimming Age: 13+ Opening: This is a memory I want to keep forever: Grace standing at the stove of her parents’ … Continue reading
Title: The Truth of Right Now Author: Kara Lee Corthron Publisher: Simon Pulse, Jan. 3rd, 2017 Ages: 14+ Themes: abuse, family conflicts, mental illness, violence, racism, white privilege I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher in exchange for … Continue reading
TITLE: Dessert First AUTHOR: Dean Gloster PUBLISHER: Merit Press, September 2016 ARC FROM PUBLISHER. AGES: 12+ (YA) THEMES/TOPICS: childhood cancer, family dynamics, leukemia. brothers & sisters, San Francisco, high school OPENING LINES: I‘ve thought … Continue reading