"Braden sensitively demonstrates how isolating it can be to live with people who, despite good intentions, force their children to fulfill expectations that run counter to their own senses of self. . . . All the characters find ways to encourage each other, be less alone, and connect.”—Booklist, starred review
"Quigley adeptly creates strong classroom scenes that convey an inclusive student body’s realistic dynamic and an endearing, assured seven-year-old protagonist who appreciates her cultural identity." - PW, starred review
“A touching tale of understanding and friendship . . . The message of education as a vehicle for progress and dismantling hatred is one that will strike a chord with readers.” — Kirkus Reviews
I'm sure If you follow Janet Fox on social media at all, you have had a window into life in Montana, where snow comes much earlier in the fall and later in the spring than in most places. It’s no wonder that Janet is well aware of the pleasure of growing green things indoors when the ground is too frozen for outside gardening. And it’s a short hop from that to celebrating those joys in a picture book—a particularly lush and lyrical one, in Janet’s hands.
I am pleased to say that this picture book, WINTERGARDEN, has been signed by Neal Porter at his eponymous Holiday House imprint, and he has matched illustrator Jasu Hu (repped by Marzena Torzecka of the Marlena Agency) to the text. Jasu has a book on Neal’s list that will be out next spring, and we’re very excited about seeing what she does with WINTERGARDEN, which is slated for fall 2023.