Nicole Griffin

Author Nicole Griffin recommends A Long Way from Verona by Jane Gardam. “I picked A Long Way from Verona by Jane Gardam because I think she is a genius and that this is a PERFECT BOOK, full of energy and humour and first-rate writing. Indeed, its protagonist, thirteen-year old Jessica Vye, knows in her heart she is a writer, too, but that doesn’t preclude her falling in love with a terrible boy and experiencing the deep grief that come with wartime. This book is funny and warm and every emotion rings true. Read it immediately.”

A Long Way from Verona (Macmillan Co., 1971) is recommended for ages 13 and up.

Be sure to check out Griffin’s books Smashie McPerter and the Mystery of Room 11, illustrated by Kate Hindley (Candlewick, 2015), and The Whole Stupid Way We Are (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2013), winner of the 2013 Publishers Weekly Flying Starts author award.

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