Welcome to my life as novelist. Here you’ll meet Jamaria, see where this book is taking me, read questions to ponder about writing, and find information on author visits. Don’t miss the poems on the last page.
"Seeing her mother only every few weeks is not enough for ten-year-old Jamaria. But Mom is in prison, and it will be months before she gets out. In You Can't Lock Up the Moon, Sharyl Green tells the story of Jamaria's resourcefulness, as the girl tries different ways to connect with her mother, eventually involving other kids with relatives in jail, her supportive brothers and father, and the kindness of strangers. Green paints the family's financial struggles with a light brush, while beautifully describing the natural environment that offers Jamaria both adventure and solace." Suzi Wizowaty, author of the The Round Barn and The Return of Jason Green and director of Vermonters for Criminal Justice Reform
“A much-needed story for all ages that destigmatizes incarceration, especially for children struggling with separation from imprisoned parents. You Can't Lock Up the Moon also captures the power of collaborative community to reach out to those returning home.” Marybeth Christie Redmond, co-editor of Hear Me, See Me: Incarcerated Women Write.