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Joplin, Wishing Hardcover – Deckle Edge, June 13, 2017
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“With magic and a bit of danger, and touching on themes of family, loss, friendship, misunderstandings, kindness, and second chances, Joplin and Sofie’s story is not soon forgotten.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))
Joplin is a beautifully drawn character: capable, complex, prickly, and very aware of those around her, even while being bullied at school... Written with intelligence, verve, and polish, this unusual fantasy takes readers on a journey they won’t want to miss. (Booklist (starred review))
“Stanley (The Chosen Prince) deftly infuses magic and mystery into this uplifting story about friendship and second chances... Stanley’s clever premise will quickly capture the imaginations of young readers, but it’s Joplin, with her headstrong determination; Sofie, with her soft-spoken resolve; and Barrett, with his enthusiasm and logic, who make this story special, exemplifying true friendship and sacrifice.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
“Stanley’s deftly created friendships, both intergenerational and among Joplin’s peers, winningly factor into the story’s resolution.Suspenseful, mysterious, thoughtful, and occasionally melancholic, this is an intricately plotted tale that ultimately connects Sofie to Joplin (and to her mother and grandfather) in a surprising and satisfying way.” (The Horn Book)
About the Author
Diane Stanley is the author and illustrator of beloved books for young readers, including The Silver Bowl, which received three starred reviews, was named a best book of the year by Kirkus Reviews and Book Links Lasting Connections, and was an ALA Booklist Editors' Choice; The Cup and the Crown; Saving Sky, winner of the Arab American Museum's Arab American Book Award and a Bank Street College of Education Best Book of the Year; Bella at Midnight, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year and an ALA Booklist Editors' Choice; The Mysterious Case of the Allbright Academy; The Mysterious Matter of I. M. Fine; and A Time Apart. Well known as the author and illustrator of award-winning picture-book biographies, she is the recipient of the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children and the Washington Post-Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award for her body of work.
Ms. Stanley has also written and illustrated numerous picture books, including three creatively reimagined fairy tales: The Giant and the Beanstalk, Goldie and the Three Bears, and Rumpelstiltskin's Daughter. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. dianestanleybooks.com.
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Joplin lives with her mother and her mother's best friend, Jen, in an apartment in New York, City. When Joplin's reclusive grandfather dies, she is allowed to take anything from his belongings that she wants as "her special treasure". Joplin chooses a cookie tin with the broken pieces of a beautiful delftware platter inside. But, when the platter is repaired, Joplin's impulsive wish for a new friend will result in unforeseen consequences. The young girl depicted on the platter inexplicably disappears only to appear in Joplin's apartment garden. And, someone with sinister intentions is seeking the platter for his own nefarious purposes. Joplin must find a way to free her new friend from a centuries-old enslavement. During the process, secrets about Joplin's family come to light, and a sacrifice must be made.
Mrs. Stanley has written an unforgettable story of how past actions influence the present. She explores the power of friendship and how, even if separation occurs, a true friend will always exist in your life. People have compared this novel to Katherine Paterson's Bridge to Terabithia and Natalie Babbit's Tuck Everlasting. These comparisons are apt, particularly the latter one. I loved the notion of how being "stuck" was explored. Even the villain in this book has a plausible motive. Regarding the former comparison, I found the friendship between Joplin and Barrett to be authentic and touching. It was also refreshing that this story dealt with friendship between a boy and a girl and not romance.
I thoroughly recommend this wonderful novel. Mrs. Stanley is a gifted storyteller, and this tale of forgiveness, healing and lasting friendship will imprint itself on your memory. God bless you all.