About the Book
by J. Albert Mann
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Release Date: March 17th 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction
These two weren’t wild, but Thelma kept them.J. Albert Mann
In the tradition of Girl, Interrupted, this fiery historical novel follows four young women in the early 20th century whose lives intersect when they are locked up by a world that took the poor, the disabled, the marginalized—and institutionalized them for life.
She loved the soft weight of the babies in her arms, even if they did reek worse than the scummy sewage bubbling in the harbor channel.J. Albert Mann
The Massachusetts School for the Feeble-Minded is not a happy place. The young women who are already there certainly don’t think so. Not Maxine, who is doing everything she can to protect her younger sister Rose in an institution where vicious attendants and bullying older girls treat them as the morons, imbeciles, and idiots the doctors have deemed them to be. Not Alice, either, who was left there when her brother couldn’t bring himself to support a sister with a club foot. And not London, who has just been dragged there from the best foster situation she’s ever had, thanks to one unexpected, life altering moment. Each girl is determined to change her fate, no matter what it takes.
Also, everyone was entitled to her own secrets.J. Albert Mann
This book is one of those devastatingly beautiful difficult books to read. I mean it’s covering a time where women were just locked away if they served no purpose. Out of sight out of mind, it was easier to tell them that they were feeble minded and would never amount to something. You know, the frustratingly not too long ago time where women were deemed lesser than.
Rose knew a lot of things people thought she didn’t.J. Albert Mann
This book, just wow. Not only is it taking a look at such an amazingly important sliver of our history, but the cast is utterly amazingly diverse. None of these girls are feeble minded, they were just dealt a rather sad hand. I’m rarely a fan of multiple perspectives, but this book I was so excited to switch up the perspectives and learn more about each of the girls. They were just such a wonderful mix of feisty, inquisitive, and tough to the bones.
‘Run!’ the old lady growled, before she was knocked from her chair by an angry silver-haired cop looming over her.J. Albert Mann
While this may be a difficult book to read because of the subject, it is most definitely not a difficult book to read because of the writing. I was immediately swept away into the story and couldn’t put the book down. To say I stayed up a smidge too late is probably an understatement
About the Author
J. Albert Mann is the author of six novels for children, with S&S Atheneum Books for Young Readers set to publish her next work of historical fiction about the Eugenics Movement and the rise of institutionalism in the United States. She is also the author of short stories and poems for children featured in Highlights for Children, where she won the Highlights Fiction Award, as well as the Highlights Editors’ Choice Award. She has an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults, and is the Director of the WNDB Internship Grant Committee.
Jennifer is represented by Kerry Sparks at Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency.
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