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Gennifer Choldenko

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How did a girl named Snot-Nose end up publishing children’s books?

Here are the facts as I know them . . .

I am the youngest of four kids, all of whom have big mouths. We were so loud, that once a lady asked my brother if our mother was deaf.

She was not.

The only sibling who did not have the trademark Johnson big mouth was my sister, Gina, who had Autism. My parents worked very hard to try to figure out how to help Gina, but being the parent of a child with severe Autism is like riding a unicycle in an earthquake.

Since I was the youngest, I spent a lot of time by myself making up words, stories, songs and jokes (known as Gennifer Jokes) none of which made a lot of sense. Luckily, I kept most of these strange imaginings to myself.

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"One of the great things about books is that they introduce us to new ideas, possibilities and in this case, history. I never knew there was a plague outbreak in San Francisco in the early 1900s or that Chinatown in Honolulu had been burned down be..." Read more of this review »
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"Finally got to finish and loved it. I think YA historical fiction is the best because the history is added in such a way that it is interesting and makes a great story. Full review to come on my blog, Lisa Loves Literature, soon. "
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