Illustrated by :Charlene Chua
Imprint:Orca Book Publishers - Victoria
Audience:Juvenile: Age (years) 6 - 8, Grade (CAN) 1 - 3, Grade (US) 1 - 3, Reading age 6 - 8
Dimensions:7.63in x 5.25 x 0.32 in | 120 gr
Page Count:112 pages
Illustrations:16 B&W illustrations
On her annual trip in her father’s 18-wheeler, Jolene is ready for some new adventures.
Eight-year-old Jolene is headed to Los Angeles on a six-day road trip to deliver some newsprint with her dad. Just like last year, they tell each other stories and listen to music. They also keep up their favorite tradition: critiquing one type of food at every stop. This time it’s onion rings.
But this year is also different. Unlike last year, Jolene’s parents are no longer together. They split up when her father came out as gay. These are big changes for Jolene, but she is spunky and smart and has a good heart. She’s ready to stand up for what’s right—both on and off the road.
Key Selling Points
Sara Cassidy is a journalist, editor and author of over 15 books for young readers. Her books have been short-listed for many awards, including the Chocolate Lily Award for both Black Gold and Blackberry Juice, the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award for A Boy Named Queen and the Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize for Skylark. Additionally, both A Boy Named Queen and Double Play were Junior Library Guild selections. Her poetry and short fiction have been widely published. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia.
Charlene Chua grew up in Singapore, where she divided her time between drawing, reading comics and failing her Mandarin classes. She has worked with clients from Canada, USA, Europe, Singapore and Australia on a wide variety of illustration projects. Charlene lives in Hamilton, Ontario.
“Father-daughter bonding story in a remarkable setting.” - Kirkus Reviews
“Jolene’s enjoyable and insightful journey makes the complex themes of family, acceptance, and forgiveness accessible to young readers through easy-to-read text and spirited illustrations.” - CM: Canadian Review of Materials
“[An] approachable, representative, middle grade chapter book focusing on father-daughter relationships.” - School Library Journal