Published Date: September 2011
Publisher: Milkweed Editions
Isolating herself from her moms, her boyfriend, and even her best friend, Calli wrestles with her guilt and tries to figure out a way to undo the damage she’s caused. When her moms are asked to take on another foster child, Calli sees an opportunity to make amends for her past mistakes.
Funny, moving, and emotionally rich, Calli is a portrait of an endearing young woman caught between adolescence and adulthood, striving to do the right thing even when all of her options seem wrong.
About the Author:
Jessica Lee Anderson is the author of Trudy (winner of the 2005 Milkweed Prize for Children's Literature), Border Crossing (Quick Picks Nomination, Cynsational Book of 2009), as well as the forthcoming young adult novel, Calli (2011). She's published two nonfiction readers, as well as fiction and nonfiction for a variety of magazines including Highlights for Children. Jessica graduated from Hollins University with a Master of Arts in Children's Literature, and instructed at the Institute of Children's Literature for five years. She is a member of The Texas Sweethearts & Scoundrels and hopes to be more sweetheart than scoundrel. She lives near Austin, Texas with her husband and two crazy dogs.
Why I chose to become an author:
After reading LITTLE WOMEN by Louisa May Alcott, I decided I wanted to become an author like Jo March. As a tomboy and someone who didn’t always fit in as a child, I could really relate to Jo’s character and her love of books and writing. But that dream seemed short lived when I struggled with writing projects at school, especially as I moved frequently and each school seemed to have a different set of standards. I still enjoyed writing but the idea that I’d ever become an author seemed impossible. Fortunately, I unknowingly created the perfect “internship” by continuing to read voraciously.
By high school, that author dream nudged at me again when I got the idea to write a novel. I drafted some solid first chapters and had a perfect ending in mind. Given my previous struggles and many self-doubts, I kept the writing a secret, hiding the manuscript pages underneath my dresser. When the middle of the story got rough, I ditched the story and let the dream slip from me once again.
It wasn’t until I went to college to become a teacher and took a children’s literature course that I decided to give the author thing another chance. I had an idea for a novel inspired by events happening in my life, and this time, I shared my convictions with friends and family who held me accountable and encouraged me. My failed novel attempt in high school taught me a lesson on perseverance and the importance of overcoming the sagging-middle-of-the-novel syndrome. Amazingly, Milkweed Editions pulled this manuscript from the slush pile! I had a complete Jo March moment when I saw the novel, TRUDY, on the bookshelf for the first time.I feel blessed that I’ve had subsequent Jo March moments—my novel CALLI is the most recent, but I’d be lying if I didn’t share that I still have self-doubts especially when unexpected changes in the industry have happened or when the writing gets tough or when negativity in the form of rejection or criticism sets in. When this happens, I remind myself of what is important and awesome and renew my author vow.
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