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Genius Jolene

Genius Jolene is a book by Sara Cassidy, illustrated by Charlene Chua.

Sara Cassidy, illustrated by Charlene Chua

On her annual trip in her father's 18-wheeler, 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 favourite 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 for new adventures and to stand up for what's right — both on and off the road. (From Orca Book Publishers)

Sara Cassidy is a journalist, editor and author living in Victoria. She has written more than 10 books for young readers, including Nevers and The Moon is a Silver Pond.

Charlene Chua is a Singapore-born Canadian author and illustrator. She has illustrated several picture books, including The Pencil by Susan Avingaq and Maren Vsetula, Shubh Diwali! by Chitra Soundar and Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao by Kat Zhang.

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