Amelia does not like noise. In fifth grade, she has to learn to play an instrument or, as she sees it, make noise on purpose. To help Amelia cope, her father gives her a pair of earmuffs to wear. When she makes a new friend in trombone class, the two form an unlikely friendship that helps Amelia find a way to let in the noisy world she’s muffled for so long.
My mixed-up berry blue summer
Twelve-year-old June is sure of one thing—she’s great at making pies and she plans to prove it by winning a blue ribbon in the Champlain Valley Fair pie competition. But one summer in Vermont, when her mom decides to marry her partner, June needs not only the best wild blueberries but also a slice of courage.
Bank Street Best Children's Books of the Year 2013
A 2013 Rainbow List selection by the American Library Association
A 2012 New Voices selection by the Association of Booksellers for Children
"This strong, vibrant novel looks at a complicated issue without didacticism or platitudes, but with the level of complexity it deserves, staying true to the heart of the protagonist." — School Library Journal
"A realistic account of a family coming together under stress." — Publishers Weekly
"This title is a much-needed addition to the world of LGBT literature for young readers, given the relative scarcity of pre-YA novels about kids dealing with gay parents." — Bulletin
“My Mixed-Up Berry Blue Summer is like its protagonist, full to bursting with sweetness and summer light. . .When things begin to look bleak and scary, you just know June has the grit and sunshine to pull through." — Tim Wynne-Jones, award-winning author
I want to be president
she says unprompted.
Her unfinished writing task
lies on the table between us.
How many bedrooms
are in the White House?
Read full poem on The Lascaux Review (2018)