My book review of Shelley Pearsall's middle grade novel The Seventh Most Important Thing
Ann Malaspina is an award-winning author of nonfiction and fiction books for children and teens. She writes about social justice, nature and the environment, immigrants, and amazing people in history.
A recently discovered photograph of my great grandmother Lina Treadwell Gould, an avid reader who grew up on a cattle farm and attended college in the 1860's, is an inspiration for my new novel about a girl who discovers a terrible injustice (see photo below) in her 19th century Connecticut town. I think of Lina and her strong gaze as I follow my character through her story.