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: Dumplin’, Go Big or Go Home Written by: Julie Murphy Published by: Balzer & Bray, 2015 Ages: 12+ Themes: Overweight people, bullying, self acceptance, beauty pageants, diversity, friendship, high school dating, Texas Opening: All the best things in my … Continue reading →
Title: A Friend For Lakota: The Incredible True Story of a Wolf who Braved Bullying Authors and photographers: Jim and Jamie Dutcher Publisher: The National Geographic Society, 2015 Ages: 5-8 Themes/topics: wolves, hierarchy, friendship, bullying Source: review copy from publisher. … Continue reading →
Title: Gracefully Grayson Written by: Ami Polonsky Published by: Hyperion, 2014 Themes/Topics: transgender, middle school, orphans, theatre, self-acceptance, bullying Suitable for ages: 8 -12 Opening: IF YOU DRAW a triangle with the circle resting on the top point, nobody will be able to tell that … Continue reading →