Shortlisted, American Library Association Amelia Bloomer Project, honoring feminist books for youth (2006) ALA
Selected, International Youth Library 2006 White Ravens Catalogue of outstanding children's & YA books Library
Reviewed in School Library Journal, Locus, VOYA, ForeWord, KLIATT, genrefluent.com, teensreadtoo.com, and by Cindy Mitchell, President of the Utah Educational Library Media Association
Selected by an Ontario School Board to be in the "Battle of the Books" along with classics like The Giver and Witch at Blackbird Pond Battle of Books
Translated into German and Danish, made into Youtube Videos by German kids Videos
"An excellent piece of science fiction, rated ESSENTIAL -- first priority for purchasing no matter how small or large your budget."
--Cindy Mitchell, President, Utah Educational Library Media Association
From School Library Journal:
"Grade 6-9. In the vein of The Giver and Brave New World, and told through lyrical language that creates electrifying sounds and visuals, this book uncovers the problems in a puppet-mastered utopia. As a 15-year-old in Noveskina, Miri is about to go through the Masking ritual that will bond her to her age-mates. According to the rules of her society, everyone must have a talent to be Masked, and, when hers is not revealed, she is relegated to being a servant for the rest of her life. Instead, Miri decides to run from the Masker and her fate, and discovers the Secret Valley, where people are not restrained by the politeness and creepy accord of Noveskina. She also discovers the sinister secret behind her world. However, it is Miris choice to fight everything she has known that has the most powerful impact. While the story ends a little too neatly, it is definitely a page-turner that will keep readers captivated from the start. Recommend it to teen girls struggling with their identity and teachers looking for a fresh glimpse of a society in which free will has been removed."
-–Rainey Wyatt, Louisville Free Public Library, KY
PRINCESS JUSTINA ALBERTINA
When my daughters, Jessica and Michelle, were growing up they wanted more and more pets. At one time we had three cats, a dog, a bunny, a hamster, a cockatiel, chickens and a horse! Of course, my children took very good care of their pets, but in some ways I was just like Nanny, running around the house saying, "Oh dear!"
Translated into Korean
Selected as a Best Read Aloud Picture Book
Carol Hanson Sibley
Minnesota State University Moorhead
From School Library Journal:
"PreSchool-Grade 1—Princess Justina Albertina likes getting her own way. Her nanny, when faced with a choice between a headache-inducing royal tantrum or giving in to the princess's demands, always caves. So when the youngster insists on getting the perfect pet, her nanny does her best to oblige, scouring the Earth for unusual animals. None of them is quite right, though: the puffer fish ignores the princess, she cannot ride the two-headed dog, and the monkey scares too easily. Finally, the nanny returns with a fierce gryphon, which the princess declares is perfect. This time, however, Princess Justina Albertina has bitten off more than she can chew, with tragic results. The book's cover hints at what is to come: while the princess dances in the background, a grim-faced nanny holds up a sign that reads, 'A Cautionary Tale.' Humorous details pack the cartoon illustrations, which are done with a mix of watercolor, colored pencil, and gouache. The nanny's outfit changes for each expedition: lederhosen for the unicorn, a wet suit for surfing Australia's shark-infested waters. The princess is frankly repulsive, with buck teeth, a piggy nose, and fierce green eyes glaring through round glasses. Nanny and the rejected pets clearly find her intimidating. The busy spreads contrast well with the dramatic conclusion, in which the nanny is left standing all alone, saying 'Oh, dear.' The end result is a deliciously satisfying tale about the dangers of acting like a spoiled princess."
—Suzanne Myers Harold, Multnomah County Library System, Portland, OR
"Each of the books has been read aloud to numerous children to obtain feedback. The feedback was provided by college students, teachers, librarians and parents."
"In a classroom of twenty-five kindergarteners, the room was completely silent as this story was read aloud. Many students commented that Princess was very bossy and rude to her nanny. Readers found the ending to be a complete surprise, and many children thought it was quite funny!"
Wild Path to the Sacred Heart
Along with wild animal encounters, the author has even wilder spiritual experiences as she hikes and meditates alone in the ancient redwood forest several days a week for over nine years. The trees are talking to Ellen! And they are also acting like giant antenna connecting her to spirit Grandmothers. Both trees and Grandmothers share ideas about how humans can work with and learn from nature to restore themselves and the Earth.
Zoe, The Misfit is frequently used in schools to teach kids self-esteem, respect, tolerance, skills for making new friends, as well as shapes and colors.
Random Acts of Kindness School Week
We started the lesson by reading Zoe the Misfit, a story about a green triangle who feels like she doesn't fit in.
Then, we talk about how sometimes we find friends by things that are the same about us (i.e. we both like to play tag). Students are then given a shape, but keep it turned down so no one else can see it. When everyone has a shape, the students look at what they have and have to find their shape group. Then, once the groups are made, students find their color group. We talk about how there are many different ways to make friends.
We conclude by each student saying something they like and students who like the same thing stand up. This helps students connect with the rest of their class and create new friendships.