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If Everyone Knew Every Plant And Tree Paperback – November 8, 2013
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Julia grew up in the north of England in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Number four of six children—two brothers and three sisters, born within eight years of each other. Her musical parents immersed all the children in music and encouraged them to take an active part in its pursuit. All siblings played instruments and attended Catholic primary and secondary schools. Julia participated in acting, singing, instrument-playing, and gymnastics. Her mother was a French teacher and her father, a physics lecturer, so the family benefitted from long summer holidays spent camping in Europe, particularly France.
After studying Music, English and French at A-level, Julia attended Manchester University, acquiring BA Honours degree in French with Drama. Gained Post Graduate Certificate in Education to teach French, English and Drama at secondary school. Later achieved diploma in Education of the Deaf and Level One and Two in British Sign Language.
After teaching French in Manchester, Julia lived in the US for two years working for a law firm and acting. On returning to the UK, she worked in a primary school in west London, first in mainstream, then in a unit for pupils with hearing impairment. She was employed as an advisory teacher for deaf children ages 0-19, supporting them and their famiies at home, school and college. Her time in London saw her continuing with acting and gaining an acting agent.
She moved to Cornwall in the south west of England in 2007, where she teaches and writes.
People (especially teenagers with challenging lives), teaching, speaking French, singing, playing piano and guitar, acting, photography, Art (especially modern), music (particularly house & garage, jazz, French impressionist, Bach, guitar), architecture, walking in nature, gardens, the ocean, psychology, natural therapies, nutrition, feminism, global politics.
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This is a book for any age as all generations are represented in the story. Pass it round the family!
I care about these very believable characters, and share their happiness in the good times and their sorrow in the worst of times. The dialog and narration are wonderful, and it made me smile often (and even laugh out loud a few times) and brought tears to my eyes as well. I loved how Ms. Johnston wove in information about plants, art, and literature, as well as details about the region, which I've never visited.
As for the person who complained about "foul language" and "inappropriate humor" -- I really have no idea she's talking about! (And I despise reviews that give the main events away-- why is that necessary?! Fortunately, I didn't see it until after I had read this excellent book.) I don't know anyone that, faced with the difficult situations these characters endure, wouldn't say a few strong words in anguish or frustration. But there was certainly nothing vulgar (or anything that teenage kids don't hear every day in this modern world). And as for the humor, I thought the author got it just right.
I am looking forward to sharing this book with my teenage son (this summer, when he doesn't have homework!). He also loves to read and I have a very strong feeling he will absolutely love this book too.