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Jeanne Zulick Ferruolo

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When you were my age (10), did you like to read?

Great question! Not only did I LOVE to read, I still have many of my old paperbacks. (My mom saves everything!!) I loved both realistic fiction and fantasy. A Wrinkle in Time was one of my favorites, but I was also really fascinated by Harriet the Spy and her misunderstood friend Beth Ellen. What I loved best about these stories is that I felt like I knew the characters so well—they became like friends.  

What is a book that made an impact on you?

I remember reading A Wrinkle in Time, and that story having a big impact on me. The main character, Meg Murry, had thick glasses and braces and felt misunderstood—just like I did! It was the first time I really connected with a character. That feeling has stayed with me and continues to help me remember how powerful it is for kids to find themselves in stories.

Is it hard to come up with book ideas?

Stories are everywhere and every now and then—especially when I am hiking with my dog, Meadow—characters pop into my head. I’ve found that if I listen really hard to these characters, they will lead me to a good story!

What author or book have you read recently that impacted you?

I love to read biographies—especially about women who have done amazing things but never got recognized for their achievements. Recently, I discovered Marie Tharp who was the first person to scientifically map the world’s oceans. I read two books about her. One is a picture book called Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea, by Robert Burleigh. The other is Soundings, The Story of the Remarkable Woman Who mapped the Ocean Floor by Hali Felt. I loved Marie Tharp’s story so much that she became an important part of my most recent novel, A Galaxy of Sea Stars, which comes out in February 2020.

Is there a new or lesser known author you think kids should be aware of? 

I loved Jess Redman’s book, The Miraculous. I adore her writing and the way her stories make my heart feel. She has another book coming out next year called Quintessence that looks amazing too!! 


What advice do you have for a kid who wants to be an author?

Write every day and read, read, read! My seventh grade English teacher had us write in a journal every single day. At first I thought, this is too hard, I can’t do this every day. But when I got into the habit of writing every day, I realized how much I loved it. I could write about anything – my day, my family, my friends – no one was judging what I wrote about and that helped the words flow. It was also a way to get through challenges and helped me put things in perspective. I still have all of my journals and they are such a treasure. They are a window into 10-year-old Jeanne and help me remember how it was really hard to be a kid some days.

As an author, do you hear from your readers? What do you like about that?

Yes! I LOVE hearing from my readers. I’ve received some awesome emails and some beautiful art from kids who have read Ruby in the Sky. I love hearing how readers have connected with Ruby and Ahmad, that they’ve found meaning in the story, or simply that they thought it was good book.

If you could portal into any book (yours or another person’s), what book would it be?

A Wrinkle in Time again!!! (Best book of all time!) I love how Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Which, and Mrs. Who, teach Meg about tesseracts, which are a “wrinkle in time” that allows them to travel to other planets. I would love to tesser along with Meg and Calvin and Charles Wallace to Uriel, the two-dimension planet, as well as Ixchel to spend time with Aunt Beast. Even tessering to the dark planet of Camazotz where IT is holding Meg’s father prisoner would be a thrilling adventure! 

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Ruby in the sky

By Jeanne Zulick Ferruolo

Book Source: purchased

Book Status: Available

Aimee Bissonnette suggested I read this book. She was so right!!! This is one of the more thought provoking books.

1. It is a book about bullying. What is most interesting is it shows how the adults can be the bullies too. The kids repeat what their parents say.

2. It is about not knowing the truth so they make up stories. So many things are said in the book. It is interesting how the teacher even advises the students to go for primary sources.

3. It is about how we treat working moms, especially like, decades ago. Abigail was a mystery to the town and so they didn’t fully accept her.

4. It is about how sometimes, taking the hard path, or even the right path, only gets more trouble. Ruby stands up for her friends even though they are not cool.

5. Sometimes people know, but don’t tell, to protect themselves and family. I feel her aunt could have done more for Abigail but didn’t for some reason. Maybe she thought people would say she was crazy.

6. It is also a book about grief and how people cope. Neither Ruby, her mom or Abigail pick the healthiest path but at the end I think they do.

Come back tomorrow to learn more about the author!!

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Double review:”Don’t tell the Nazis”  and “Nazi Saboteurs”

Don’t tell the Nazis by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch

Nazi Saboteurs: Hitler’s secret attack on America by Samantha Seiple

Book source: Review copies provided by Scholastics in exchange for a fair review

Book Status: available December 3, 2019

These books may sound the same, but they are two different things. One is nonfiction, the other is too, but is written in a way that may sound fictional. On with the review!!!!!!!!!

Don’t Tell The Nazis

1. It’s a biography, in a way, and a diary account. The main character, Krystia, is a real person.

2. It’s very sad, but some readers like sad stories.

3. It’s very adventurous.

4. It’s about a girl who is soooooooo cool! She defys everything that the commandment says! She helps her aunt and uncle, and hides her Jewish friends! She helps them survive in the ghetto before they even get to their basement!

5. It’s just a really good book!

Nazi Soboteurs Hitler’s Secret Attack on America

1. It’s a book told from different perspectives.

2. It’s about how, even though one of the saboteurs turned the two groups in, the president took aaaaallllll the credit.

3. It’s about bravery and cowardly actions.

4. This is non-fiction so good for kids who like real facts.

5. You never hear about this story so it is something new to learn.

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Afterglow

By Pat Shand, K. Lynn Smith and Jim Campbell

Book Source: purchased

Book Status: Available

This is a graphic novel about a big cat who glows. At first they banish the cat so the girl goes with her. They banish the cat because it was making a mess. The story is about what happens while they are banished.

People would like this because it is about a giant cat. The cat glows. Cats are awesome. None of my cats glow but I wish one did!

There is magical poop! That is probably why it is called Afterglow. I think Jarrett Lerner should read this. He likes books about poop and farts! I don’t think he has one about magical poop.

It about the relationship between a cat and it’s person. They can be magical. Dougie and I are the best of friends. I can’t imagine my life without him and I have only had him since June! I would like to go on a magical adventure with him but we are too young!

I really like the illustrations. They help tell the story.

Maybe older kids and adults will like this better. I am 8 and really liked it.

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The Whispering Wars

By Jaclyn Moriarty

Book Source: review copy provided

Book Status: Available

Okay this book HAS THE BEST COVER IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD! The illustrations will definitely interest some kids. You almost wish this was a picture book to have more of them.

Kids will also like the characters. The book switches who is telling the story between the characters. It does get confusing towards the end when the boy doesn’t want to tell the story.

It is a fairy tale story but more updated for how kids like their stories. The girl absolutely not a damsel in distress.

Kids looking for a story about friendship, dealing with an enemy and changing your perspective.

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The Copycat

By Wendy McLeod MacKnight

Book Source: review copy provided by author

Book Status: it will be available in March 2020

So I know this book doesn’t come out for a couple months but I want to share about it now so you could plan for it. I going to admit you have to give it a couple chapters but it will be worth it.

1. It’s a concept that kids like me would totally like. I mean, I reaaaally want to have lil bro wash the floor for me, ( it’s a weird hobby of his ) turn into a penguin and slide across the floor! Wouldn’t you?!?! If yes, then READ THIS BOOK!!!

2. It’s also the concept that things aren’t as they seem……

3. It’s also about a family feud that seems impossible to mend.

4. It’s really funny. I mean, yeah I want to turn into Hulk, or The Penguin, and watch TV aaaaalll day!

5. It’s just really fun and nice, it’s such a good read! I liked it so much I stayed up from 3:00-5:45 reading it and then I finished it in 5 minutes at the bus stop!!

I give this: 🙉🙈😸😋 morphing. Monkey, monkey man, man! ( You can’t make emojis morph that well… )

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The Double Helix

By Trudi Trueit

Book Source: Review Copy Provided

Book Status: Available

1. This book is about how Cruz finds his dad with the help of Lani and Aunt Marisol.

2. This book is about how Dugan is not as bad as he seems.

3. It’s about how they figure out how to deal with Nebula, and a mysterious girl who knows……🤫

4. If you like adventures this book is GREAT FOR YOU!!!

5. It’s action packed, with sooooooo much science and geography + stuff like that.