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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Category Archives: Historical Fiction
Title: Louisa June and the Nazis in the Waves Author: L. M. Elliott Publisher: Catherine Tegan Books, 2022 Ages: 10-14 Format/Genre: historical fiction Themes: WWII, Virginia, Chesapeake Bay, German U-boats, tugboats, mental health, loss, grief, war, USA, coming of age Opening: My mama … Continue reading
Title: Survivor Tree Author: Marcie Colleen Illustrator: Aaron Becker Publisher: Little Brown, 2021 Ages: 5-11+ Format/Genre: Historical Fiction Themes: 9/11, hope, trees, survival, New York, threat, national history, Opening: A TREE STOOD STEEL STRAIGHT AND PROUD at the foot of the towers that filled the … Continue reading
Title: Ruby’s Hope, A Story of How the Famous “Migrant Mother” Photograph Became the Face of the Great Depression Author: Monica Kulling Illustrator: Sarah Dvojack Publisher: Page Street Publishing, McMillan, 2019 Genre: fictionalized biography Ages: 6-10 Themes: Great Depression, poverty, photography, famine, Oklahoma, Dorothea … Continue reading