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: 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
Title: color blind Author: Sheila Sobel Publisher: Merit Press, 2016 Age: 14+ Themes: grief, loss, new orleans, vodoo, genealogy ARC from publisher in exchange for an impartial review Opening Lines: There’s a whole lot of nothing on the way to New Orleans. I hadn’t seen … Continue reading
Title: Snowbirds Written by: Crissa-Jean Chappell Published by: Merit Press, January 2017 Themes: Amish, Old Order Amish, Rumspringa, friendship, LARPing Ages: 12+ Reviewed from an ARC, which I received from the publisher in exchange for an impartial review. Opening: All … Continue reading