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You Can't Lock Up the Moon
Sharyl Green, Verdant Books, 186 pages. $12.
"Jamaria had been through the metal detector at the prison twice before."
In this passage, young Jamaria, the protagonist of the middle-grade novel
You Can't Lock Up the Moon, enters the prison where her mother is incarcerated. First-time novelist Green writes not just to share a story but to connect with and empower a population that's surely larger than we realize: children of incarcerated parents. Young readers are invited to join Jamaria as she attempts to figure out the meaning of her conflicting emotions.
from April 27 - May 4, 2016 VOL. 21 NO.33 SEVENDAYS.COM