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: Extraordinary Birds Author: Sandy Stark-McGinnis Publisher: Bloomsbury, April 30th, 2019 Ages: 8-12 Themes: birds, belonging, family, friendship, scars,foster homes, trauma, abandonment, hope, transgender Opening: At the third tier of branches, my heart starts to beat fast. Birds need a fast heartbeat. … Continue reading
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
I had a different review planned for today, but as with the rest of the children’s book community, I am reeling with the premature loss of one of our best. A year younger than me, Amy Krouse Rosenthal died of … Continue reading