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: 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 Battle of Junk Mountain Author: Lauren Abbey Greenberg Publisher: Running Press kids, 2018 Ages: 8-12 Themes: ageing, grandparents, hoarding, Maine, island life, summer friendships, loss & grief, growing up, coming-of-age Opening: I didn’t expect my summer sister to ditch me the … Continue reading
Title: Black Boy White School Written by: Brian F. Walker Published by: Harperteen, 2012 Themes/Topics: Racism, African Americans, Somalians, ghetto, class, Maine, boarding school, coming of age Suitable for ages: 14+ Opening: ANTHONY JONES, AN INKY BLACK KNOT OF A fourteen-year-old, stomped down … Continue reading