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: I Am Here Now Author: Barbara B0ttner Publisher: Imprint, 2020 Ages: 13+ Format/Genre: Fiction in verse Themes: coming-of-age, The Bronx, the sixties, art, dysfunctional families, teenage angst, abuse, semi-autobiographical Reviewed from a copy sent from the author Favorite Quotes: I have, despite everything,or … Continue reading
Title: The Name She Gave Me Author: Betty Culley Publisher: Harper Teen, 2022 Ages: 11-15 Format/Genre: Novel in verse Themes: adoption, birth family, fostering, siblings, names, identity, Maine, novels in verse Reviewed from an ARC Opening: Synopsis: When Rynn was born, her birth mother … Continue reading
Title: The Key to You and Me Illustrator: Jaye Robin Brown Publisher: Harper Teen, 2021 Ages: 13+ Format/Genre: Contemporary YA Themes: Pride Month, romance, coming-out, out and proud, riding, driving, dating, lesbians, small-town south, lgbtqia+ Synopsis: A sweet and funny #ownvoices LGBTQ+ romance perfect for … Continue reading