Friday, February 1, 2013

Happy Birthday, Jessie Pearl

This week, I've thrown intense leprosy info at you. This topic contains much hope these days, but it's still tough to encounter.

So we'll take a soothing break to connect with a brand new "Happy Birthday to you today YA novel". The Ballad of Jessie Pearl by Shannon Hitchcock.

This story is set in 1922 in rural North Carolina.  Jessie Pearl has big plans for her life but then tuberculosis strikes and family loyalties take over.  Jessie takes on unfamiliar challenges, meeting them with grace and tenacity.

I read The Ballad of Jessie Pearl a few months ago and immediately fell in love with this authentic North Carolina character and her story.

In addition to writing a beautiful tender YA novel, Shannon Hitchcock provides teachers with a curriculum guide coordinated to the Common Core State Standards Initiative.  Visit Shannon's gorgeous website for a copy of her curriculum guide and info about author visits.

The Ballad of Jessie Pearl is published by namelos.


  1. Joyce,
    You and Carol are both putting the word out about The Ballad of Jessie Pearl. Definitely sounds like a winner book. Thanks for promoting it. I look forward to reading it for myself.

  2. I've been wanting to read this. Thanks for sharing it.