Wednesday, June 24, 2009

New book by Joy Harjo, author of THE GOOD LUCK CAT

Watching the mail, waiting for my review copy of Joy Harjo's new picture book, For A Girl Becoming. Published by the University of Arizona Press, it is due out in October.

On her blog is a poem with that title. To read an excerpt, go to For A Girl Becoming and click on "Read Excerpt" just beneath the image of the cover. The illustrations are by Mercedes McDonald.

Harjo is Mvskoke/Creek. Her new book is in the Sun Tracks series. Take a look at the books in the series, and order one of each for your library. I've recommended several, like Luci Tapahonso's Blue Horses Rush In, Nora Naranjo Morse's Mud Women: Poems from the Clay, Hershman R. John's I Swallow Turquoise for Courage, and Ofelia Zepeda's Ocean Power: Poems from the Desert.

The University of Arizona Press also published Simon Ortiz's outstanding book, The Good Rainbow Road, illustrated by Michael Lacapa.


Jean Mendoza said...

Oh,my goodness. Blog readers, I urge you, go to Joy's blog and read the whole poem, too. I just did. Nobody else writes like Joy Harjo.

KT Horning said...

Debbie, thanks so much for letting us know about this book. I have been hoping that Joy Harjo would write another picture book. I look forward to reading it.

CaroleMcDonnell said...

This book looks really good. Going over to her blog now. -C