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: 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
Title: YOU DON’T KNOW everything, JILLY P! Author: Alex Gino Publisher: Scholastic, March 2018 Ages: 9-12 Themes: LGBTQIA+, lesbians, bigotry, racism, deafness, online communities, families, micro-aggressions, white privilege, ableism, ASL, hearing loss, police brutality Opening: The house smells of homemade tomato sauce when I get home … Continue reading
Title: Things Too Huge to Fix by Saying Sorry Author: Susan Vaught Publisher: A Paula Wiseman Book (S&S), 2016 Themes: Racism, civil rights movement, Oxford (Mississippi), 20th century, families, Alzheimers, Ages: 10-14 Edgar Award Nominee for Best Juvenile, 2017 Quote: … Continue reading