From The Desk Of Zoe Washington
  • From The Desk Of Zoe Washington
  • From The Desk Of Zoe Washington
ISBN: 0062875868
EAN13: 9780062875860
Language: English
Release Date: Jan 5, 2021
Pages: 320
Dimensions: 0.94" H x 7.56" L x 5.08" W
Weight: 0.4409245 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Amazon Best Book of the Month * #1 Kids Indie Next List * Parents Magazine Best Book of the Year * Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book of the Year * SLJ Best Book of the Year * Kirkus Best Book of the Year * Junior Library Guild Selection * Edgar Award Nominee * Four Starred Reviews

From debut author Janae Marks comes a captivating story full of heart, as one courageous girl questions assumptions, searches for the truth, and does what she believes is right--even in the face of great opposition.

Zoe Washington isn't sure what to write. What does a girl say to the father she's never met, hadn't heard from until his letter arrived on her twelfth birthday, and who's been in prison for a terrible crime?

A crime he says he never committed.

Could Marcus really be innocent? Zoe is determined to uncover the truth. Even if it means hiding his letters and her investigation from the rest of her family. Everyone else thinks Zoe's worrying about doing a good job at her bakery internship and proving to her parents that she's worthy of auditioning for Food Network's Kids Bake Challenge.

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   Discriminatory book would give zero stars
Pick a teacher, the lottery said. That really disturbing video.
   Absolutely fabulous
Pauley Kilpatrick's second novel is a superbly written, timely and layered parable of the American dream. That night, she was a contestant on the Food Network's "Kids' Cooking Star" competition. In her free time, she plans to intern at a local bakery and hang out with her friends, but everything changes when she receives a letter from her biological father, Marcus. Marcus says he is innocent, but is not saying whether he will appeal. After sending him a letter, she begins a correspondence with him and learns more about herself, the justice system, and the reality of the world we live in. In "The Whole Nine Yards," Robert Marks navigates complex issues with an age-appropriate honesty.
   Father in jail
Great middle school book. Zoe is the star of the show.
   Loved it!
Definitely recommend this product to everyone I know.
   Two thumbs down!
The author expresses his views through the character that some may feel is prejudice. I would not recommend it.
   Loved everything about this one
Complex issues are blended with some fun, too. At 12, she has a persistent bone spur. Driven to become a pastry chef, driven to find out more about her imprisoned biological father and driven to seek the truth even if it hurts. This is a well written and well-illustrated novel that combines several life lessons. Loved every second of it, even the parts where some decisions made me cringe a little.
   Excellent middle grade book
I've read all the books, but this was by far the best. I couldn't put it down! I gave it to one of my 5th grade students and she stayed up late reading it too. Highly recommend.
   When is okay to break the rules?
Zoe is gaining a lot about herself and her family history. But when she finds out something very surprising, she sets off on a mission to solve an important mystery and learn even more about friendship, history and justice.
   A True Page-Turner!
Thanks to the generosity of the book's publisher, I was able to read it with some of my students. A lot of people said it was great. It was just that I didn't want to put it down. I highly recommend this book to anyone who reads it. If you think this is true, you are wrong.
   So good!
What a beautifully told story, one that will get readers talking about important issues.