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: No Way, They Were Gay? Queer History Project Author: Lee Wind Publisher: Zest Books, 2021 Ages: 11+ 296 pages. Genre: nonfiction Themes: Queer history, queer figures in history, lgbtqia+, historical bias Opening:History sounds really official. Like it’s all fact. But that’s not necessarily … Continue reading
Title: Classified, The Secret career of MARY GOLDA ROSS, Cherokee Aerospace Engineer Author: Traci Sorell Illustrator: Natasha Donovan Publisher: Milbrook Press, 2021 Ages: 5-8 40 pages. Genre: biography Themes: women, girls, equality, aerospace, engineer, Cherokee, Cherokee values, Lockheed Missiles and Space, Native American, math Opening: … Continue reading
Title: Rosie Loves Jack Author: Mel Darbon Publisher: Peachtree Publishing, March 1st 2021 Ages: 13+ Genre: contemporary YA fiction Note: adult themes: ableist behavior/language, taking advantage of young women, discussions of rape, sex trafficking, mentions of alcohol and drug abuse, & other scenes of … Continue reading