[Zoom Event] Daven McQueen in conversation with Dinah Gardner
YA writer Daven McQueen will discuss her book, The Invincible Summer of Juniper Jones with Innovation High School senior Dinah Gardner.
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About The Invincible Summer of Juniper Jones:
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.
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 lives in Boston, Massachusetts, with her cat, and works in education.
Dinah Gardner is a senior at Innovation High School in Spokane, Washington. She was born in Ethiopia and was adopted to America when she was just one year old. Dinah enjoys hanging out with her friends, exploring Spokane, spending way too much on boba and books, as well as dancing and roller skating. She can usually be found loitering at some coffee shop or at Denny’s snacking on cheesecake.