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The Invincible Summer of Juniper Jones

Daven McQueen

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ISBN10: 1989365167
ISBN13: 9781989365168


312 Pages


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It’s the summer of 1955. For Ethan Harper, a biracial kid raised mostly by his white father, race has always been a distant conversation. When he’s sent to spend the summer with his aunt and uncle in small-town Alabama, his blackness is suddenly front and center, and no one is shy about making it known he’s not welcome there. Enter Juniper Jones. The town’s resident oddball and free spirit, she’s everything the townspeople aren’t—open, kind, and accepting.

Armed with two bikes and an unlimited supply of root beer floats, Ethan and Juniper set out to find their place in a town that’s bent on rejecting them. As Ethan is confronted for the first time by what it means to be black in America, Juniper tries to help him see the beauty in even the ugliest reality, and that even the darkest days can give rise to an invincible summer . . .


Praise for The Invincible Summer of Juniper Jones

“McQueen deftly balances the rollicking summer adventures of Ethan and Juniper with the gravity of racial discrimination; Ethan’s wrenching initiation into what it means to be Black in the United States is handled with candor and force . . . The book provides a nuanced look at its characters’ turmoil, guilt, fury, and love.”—Boston Globe

“[A] powerful . . . story of friendship, respect and compassion.”—Ms. Magazine

"The underlying message of the story—that friendship is possible despite differences, and that everyone has the right to respect—is one that resonates as much today as it did in the Alabama of 1955."Canadian Review of Materials

"Heart-breaking and well written, The Invincible Summer of Juniper Jones is a YA historical fiction about racism, friendship, and the events that are indelibly printed on our souls."—YA Book Central

"McQueen weaves a heartfelt narrative that examines friendship, otherness, and forgiveness."—Booklist

"A gorgeous, memorable story that deserves a place on both school and public library shelves."—School Library Journal (starred review)

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About the author

Daven McQueen

Daven McQueen grew up outside of Los Angeles, California, and graduated from Brown University, where she earned a BA in literary arts and economics. Her works on Wattpad include December, Beautiful Dreamer, and Superior, which received a Watty Award for Science Fiction. When she’s not writing, Daven can be found tap dancing, embroidering, cooking, and eating dessert. She currently lives in Boston, Massachusetts, with her cat, and works in education.