How do you find the truth when the adults in your life are crazy? This is the dilemma of thirteen-year-old Sarah Joanne Bradley--alias Swampy Jo.Swampy Jois a heroic tale of a young girl setting aside her personal need to disappear, in order to save the life of a brooding love interest--because she is the only one aware that he needs saving. Puberty and love aren’t easy when you’re navigating a minefield of secrets in your divorced, formerly upper-middle class family, while the adults in your life hinge their hopes on religious superstitions and palm reading.
Jennifer Rouse Barbeau is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, and is now a professor of Advertising--Creative Media at Canadore College in North Bay. She lives in Sturgeon Falls. Barbeau has published a number of short stories, including "Grumble" in the 2006 YSP anthology Bluffs: Northeastern Ontario Stories from the Edge. She illustrated La Laineuse by Rachel Desaulniers (Le Centre FORA, 2006). Swampy Jo is her first novel.
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