Books by Lynn Joseph

FLOWERS IN THE SKY by Lynn Joseph
Released: March 5, 2013

"Though imperfect, this story is a tale that needs to be told, its quiet, unflinching portrayal of a girl struggling to grow up in less-than-perfect circumstances an important one. (Fiction. 12-17)"
A coming-of-age story chronicles the challenges of moving to a new land. Read full book review >
THE COLOR OF MY WORDS by Lynn Joseph
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 31, 2000

"This is an achingly beautiful story that will awaken profound emotions in the reader. (author's note) (Fiction. 8-11)"
This standout novella lustrously portrays Ana Rosa and the rich simplicity of her family's daily life in the Dominican Republic. Read full book review >
FLY, BESSIE, FLY by Lynn Joseph
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Joseph allows inspiration to form from a quiet presentation of facts; adding to the aura of possibility and grace under fire are Buchanan's sure, atmospheric ink-and-watercolor illustrations. (bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 4-8)"
Joseph (Jump Up Time, p. 1119, etc.) uses a strong, steady present-tense narration to tell the story of Bessie Coleman, African-American, Texan, and world's first black woman aviator. Read full book review >
JUMP UP TIME by Lynn Joseph
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 21, 1998

"Saport's calypso colors perfectly capture the warmth of the culture and the expressive characters that star in this rare treat—a festival of Caribbean life and family camaraderie. (Picture book. 5-8)"
It's Carnival time in Trinidad and everyone is ready to celebrate, especially sisters Christine and Lily. Read full book review >
JASMINE'S PARLOUR DAY by Lynn Joseph
Released: May 1, 1994

"There's hardly more drama here than a generous gesture toward a grump who, for once, almost smiles; but the joyfully bustling milieu comes alive in Joseph's descriptions and Grifalconi's subtle characterizations and vibrant settings. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In prose enriched by the lilting patois of her native Trinidad, the author of Wave in Her Pocket (1991, ALA Notable) portrays a day when wares are sold from seaside "parlours" (stands). Read full book review >
THE MERMAID'S TWIN SISTER by Lynn Joseph
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: April 18, 1994

"Inviting, neon-bright pastels vibrate in the jacket art; each chapter has its own full-page b&w illustration. (Folklore. 8-12)"
 A sequel to A Wave in Her Pocket (1991, ALA Notable) with six more tales featuring such characters from superstition and folklore as ``de duennes,'' the mischievous spirits of babies who died unbaptized, and ``La Diablesse,'' ghost of the last Arawak on Trinidad: a siren with one cloven hoof who dances men to their deaths. Read full book review >
AN ISLAND CHRISTMAS by Lynn Joseph
FICTION
Released: Sept. 21, 1992

"A welcome contribution. (Picture book. 4-8)"
 In the vernacular Joseph used so effectively in A Wave in Her Pocket (1991, ALA Notable), Rosie describes her family's preparations for a Trinidad Christmas: plucking sorrel to make a traditional drink, baking currant cake, welcoming the ``parang'' men who serenade from house to house, repainting the guava branch the family uses as a tree. Read full book review >
A WAVE IN HER POCKET by Lynn Joseph
FICTION
Released: April 22, 1991

"Glossary. (Fiction/Folklore. 8-12)"
 The author of Coconut Kind of Day (1990) returns to the Caribbean to present a series of six vignettes featuring traditional folklore. Read full book review >