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Jo Knowles

Biography

Jo Knowles

Jo Knowles is the author of the YA novels LESSONS FROM A DEAD GIRL and JUMPING OFF SWINGS. The recipient of the 2005 PEN Literary Award, she lives in Vermont.

Jo Knowles

Books by Jo Knowles

by Jo Knowles - Fiction, Gay & Lesbian, Young Adult 14+, Youth Fiction
Thanks to a bully in gym class, unpopular Nate suffers a broken finger --- the middle one, splinted to flip off the world. It won’t be the last time a middle finger is raised on this day. Dreamer Claire envisions herself sitting in an artsy café, filling a journal, but fate has other plans. One cheerleader dates a closeted basketball star; another questions just how, as a "big girl," she fits in. A group of boys scam drivers for beer money without remorse --- or so it seems. Over the course of a single day, these voices and others speak loud and clear about the complex dance that is life in a small town. They resonate in a gritty and unflinching portrayal of a day like any other, with ordinary traumas, heartbreak, and revenge. But on any given day, the line where presentation and perception meet is a tenuous one, so hard to discern. Unless, of course, one looks a little closer --- and reads between the lines.
by Jo Knowles - Fiction, Young Adult 14+

Josh expected to spend senior year hanging out with his best friends, driving around,\ and partying. But here he is --- new school, new life, living with his Jackie-Chan-obsessed uncle, Larry, and trying to forget. He finds some moments of peace when he practices karate with Stella, his one real friend. He wonders if they could be more, but if Stella knew the truth, would she still think he was a True Karate Man?