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: The Battle of Junk Mountain Author: Lauren Abbey Greenberg Publisher: Running Press kids, 2018 Ages: 8-12 Themes: ageing, grandparents, hoarding, Maine, island life, summer friendships, loss & grief, growing up, coming-of-age Opening: I didn’t expect my summer sister to ditch me the … Continue reading
Title: Black Boy White School Written by: Brian F. Walker Published by: Harperteen, 2012 Themes/Topics: Racism, African Americans, Somalians, ghetto, class, Maine, boarding school, coming of age Suitable for ages: 14+ Opening: ANTHONY JONES, AN INKY BLACK KNOT OF A fourteen-year-old, stomped down … Continue reading
“Traveling is never a matter of money, but of courage.”—Paulo Coelho Sometimes it’s financial security that holds us back, other times it’s emotional security, but it takes courage to step outside your front door and head out into the world. … Continue reading