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: Me, Myself & Him Author: Chris Tebbetts Publisher: Delacorte Press, 2019 Ages: 14+/YA Themes: lgbtqia+, divorce, alternative timeline, gay, fate, religion, parallel universe, humor, identity, adventure, friendship, lies, #ownvoices Opening: The last thing I remember is sucking down a lungful of gas and … Continue reading
Title: Indian No More Authors: Charlene Willing McMannis and Traci Sorrell Publisher: Tu Books, 2019 Ages: 8-11 Genre: Middle Grade Historical Fiction Themes: Native American Indians, Native American Month, #ownvoices, termination era, racism, Federal Indian Relocation Program Opening: Before being terminated. I was Indian. … Continue reading
Title: Watch Us Rise Authors: Renée Watson & Ellen Hagan Publisher: Bloomsbury, 2019 Ages: 12-15 Themes: death of a parent, fatphobia, racism, poetry, feminism, voices, mysogeny, African-American, microagressions, #ownvoices, activism, intersectionality, sexual harassment Favorite Quote: “I walk over to the plus size section, wondering … Continue reading