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From the Desk of Zoe Washington de Janae…

From the Desk of Zoe Washington (edição: 2020)

de Janae Marks (Autor)

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"Avid baker Zoe Washington receives a letter on her twelfth birthday from her biological father, who is in prison for a terrible crime"--
Título:From the Desk of Zoe Washington
Autores:Janae Marks (Autor)
Informação:Katherine Tegen Books (2020), 304 pages
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From the Desk of Zoe Washington de Janae Marks


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This book is about a 12 year old girl named Zoe Washington who has an incarcerated father. She does not hear from him until her 12th birthday, and she has conflicting feelings about the whole thing because she is unsure if her father is a murderer or if he was wrongly convicted. This tells the story about her journey with writing to him from her desk and attempting to figure everything out along the way. This book shines light on real problems that children Zoe's age actually go through everyday. I would recommend this book to middle grades teachers. This book would be appropriate for any classroom, but it would be cool to have in a culinary class since Zoe is also a baker. ( )
  KennedyWeldon | May 1, 2021 |
"When Marcus tells Zoe he is innocent, and her grandmother agrees, Zoe begins to learn about inequality in the criminal justice system, and she sets out to find the alibi witness who can prove his innocence." (Publishers Weekly, "An Anti-Racist Children's and YA Reading List")
  stlukeschurch | Mar 27, 2021 |
This was a solid read for tweens. Despite the serious issues (racism and flaws in the criminal justice system), "From the Desk of Zoe Washington" was nicely balanced with Zoe's love of baking and her Little Tomato playlist she kept adding to. I liked the letters that went back and forward between Zoe and her imprisoned father but I wasn't impressed with all the lies and secrets the various characters kept.

However, Zoe was a spunky, determined young lady who will appeal to the target audience. I just wish the author had included Zoe's fruit loops cupcake recipe at the back of the book. Many budding cooks who read this would would be keen to give it a try. ( )
  HeatherLINC | Mar 12, 2021 |
I chose this book because it was nominated for the middle grade category of the Edgar Awards. My 13 year old son is a fan of mysteries so I was hoping it would be a book I could recommend to him. However, after reading it, I don't think I would categorize it as a mystery. It is a good book, on the younger side of middle grade, about important topics but I don't think it would interest my son. I really liked Zoe and I appreciated her drive to find out more about her biological father. Like many middle grade stories, I cringed at some of the things she did to do so (lying to her parents, secretly sneaking away to talk to potential witnesses, etc.). I liked her friendship with her neighbor and appreciated how it evolved throughout the book. Overall, I think it is a great book to introduce ideas to kids, such as not everyone in jail is guilty. It has a strong, intelligent black girl as the lead character but would still appeal to boys in the age group. I would recommend it to kids around 11 or 12 years old who like realistic fiction. ( )
  Cora-R | Feb 15, 2021 |
Zoe Washington is not speaking to her best friend/next door neighbor Trevor, and her other two friends, Maya and Jasmine, are gone (Maya at summer camp, Jasmine moved out of state). So Zoe is focused on preparing to enter a baking competition, and her internship at her mom's friend's bakery, when she gets a letter from her biological father for her twelfth birthday. Marcus is in prison for murder, and this is the first time he's contacted Zoe (that she knows of). Her grandmother helps her stay in touch with Marcus through letters and phone calls, even though Zoe's mom doesn't want her to have contact with him. Now Zoe has a new project: she has to prove Marcus is innocent and get him out of jail. Zoe makes up with Trevor, and the two plan a solo trip to find Marcus' "alibi witness," a Harvard professor - an unauthorized trip they get in big trouble for. But in the end, Zoe changes her mom's mind, and in an epilogue a few years later, Marcus celebrates his birthday with the whole family.

Zoe, her mom, her grandmother, and Marcus are all Black; Zoe's step/adoptive father is white.

See also: Measuring Up by Lily LaMotte, Blended by Sharon Draper


I knew about the Black Lives Matter movement, how Black people all over the country were getting shot by police for no good reason. If those police officers weren't going to jail, then it made sense that the whole prison system was messed up. I never thought about whether prisons had the wrong people before. I assumed that if you committed a crime, you got the punishment you deserved, and innocent people would always be proven innocent. Apparently not. (102)

I still couldn't believe how unfair it was. What was the point of a legal system if it didn't work a lot of the time? (107)

All of the lying was wrong, I knew that. But maybe it was okay to do something wrong if you were doing it for the right reason. (180)

Forget about becoming a pastry chef when I grew up. I already was one. (276) ( )
  JennyArch | Jan 20, 2021 |
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