An old Chinese proverb states that “The journey of 1,000 begins with a single step." Another colloquial warning against judgement is to “walk a mile in someone else’s shoes,” implying, of course, that we don’t really know what another person is “walking through” and therefore we should not pass judgement on anyone. Pondering these two quotes together brings to mind thoughts of the humble beginnings of compassion, for, it seems, we have a thousand miles (or more) to bridge the divide between ourselves and others.
As a new year begins, 2017 brings us much more children’s and young adult literature to devour, and we couldn’t be more thrilled! Here are just a look at some of the titles we are most excited about in 2017 (Reviews from GoodReads, Amazon, Kirkus, and original CCYAL reviews):
Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy
Ramona was only five years old when Hurricane Katrina changed her life forever. Since then, it’s been Ramona and her family against the world. One of only two out lesbians in her small town and standing over six feet tall with unmistakable blue hair, Ramona knows she’s destined for something bigger than the trailer she calls home in Eulogy, Mississippi. But juggling multiple jobs, her flaky mom, and her well-meaning but ineffectual dad forces her to be the responsible adult of the family. Now, with her sister, Hattie, pregnant, her responsibilities weigh more heavily than ever.
The return of her childhood friend Freddie brings a welcome distraction. Ramona’s friendship with the former competitive swimmer picks up exactly where it left off, and soon he’s talked her into joining him for laps at the pool.
As Ramona falls more in love with swimming, her feelings for Freddie begin to shift as well, and she must decide if knowing who she is is more important than figuring out who she might become. (Expected Release May, 2017)