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Thank you to all those who attended the bookfair at Barnes and Noble.  It is always such a pleasure to be able to see your faces and talk with fellow book lovers!


Silhouetted by the Blue - Released July 2011
Silhouetted CoverSeventh-grader Serena Shaw is trying to keep up at school while rehearsing for the lead role in the spring musical and dealing with a father so "blue" he is nearly catatonic. With the aid of a not-so-secret admirer as well as a growing sense of self-confidence, she faces the challenges of caring for herself and her ball-of-charm younger brother, all while attempting to lead the life of a normal pre-teen. Readers will be drawn into this convincing portrait of a vivacious young person who is on a path to discovering that taking on responsibility sometimes means finding the best way to ask for help. 

 Finding My Place - Released March 2010
"For most people, 1975 was the year that bell-bottoms were in,findingmyplace Happy Days was the best show on TV, and shag carpeting was the ultimate interior decoration. For Tiphanie Jayne Baker, however, it’s the year her parents decide to uproot her from her life in Denver and move to the ritzy suburb of Brent Hills, Colorado. The only Black girl at a high school full of Barbies, Tiphanie suddenly feels like she has to be better than her peers just to be equal. Ninth grade has never been so unbearable.

That is until Tiphanie meets Jackie Sue Webster. Jackie Sue may be blond, but she’s definitely not a Barbie. She spouts out crazy vocabulary words like “anomaly” and “imbroglio,” and announces that she’s walking trailer trash as grandly as if she were declaring she were descended from Queen Elizabeth. So what if Jackie Sue has some secrets? Now that Tiphanie has finally found a real friend, life at Brent Hills High suddenly seems like it might be bearable—possibly even enjoyable. But as Tiphanie begins to feel more comfortable in her new home, her ties to her old community start to fray, and she can’t help but wonder—does fitting in have to mean selling out?"




What I'm reading:
Through to you
by fellow YA, Denver author Emily Hainsworth

Bookshelf for Kids:
The Might Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis


Bookshelf for Adults:

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

Room by Emma Donoghue


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