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: Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit Author: Joyce Robin Brown Publisher: Harper Teen, 2016 Ages: 14+ Themes: lesbians, LGBTQIA, Georgia, balancing gay orientation and faith, step moms, changing friendships Opening: “COME ON EILEEN” is a terrible song at any wedding. … Continue reading
Title: Girl Mans Up Author: M-E Girard Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books, 2016 Ages: 14+ Themes: gender, queer, gender fluidity, LGBTQIA, Portuguese Canadians, friendship, loyalty, respect, family dynamics Received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review Opening: There … Continue reading
Title: I Am J Written by: Cris Beam Published by: Little Brown, 2011 Themes/Topics: Diversity, LGBTQIA, transgender teens, coming of age, New York, cutting, friendship, emotional problems Suitable for ages: 14+ Opening: J could smell the hostility, the pretense, the utter fake-ness of it … Continue reading