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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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Chasing Secrets by Gennifer Choldenko
"Historical fiction which brings to light the outbreak of the plague in San Francisco at the turn of the century. Highlights the discriminatory practices against Chinese residents, as well as the medical and educational standards. The story could e..." Read more of this review »
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"Recently, there was a Nerdy Book Club blog post entitled, "Pulse-pounding Historical Fiction." This isn't due out till August but would hold its own on that list. Definitely one to give to those kids who claim to hate historical fiction as well as..." Read more of this review »
Chasing Secrets by Gennifer Choldenko
"Chasing Secrets is another excellent middle grade novel by Gennifer Choldenko. Both heart-warming and heart-wrenching, this story will keep readers of all ages captivated. The plague outbreak in San Francisco is a little-known historical event (un..." Read more of this review »
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"Kindness, compassion, and courage are qualities that characterize Lizzie’s father, the doctor. Lizzie has them too, and is determined to become a doctor, despite the bias that she will face in 1900. Those important qualities are tested as Lizzie s..." Read more of this review »
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“Nobody knows how things will turn out, that's why they go ahead and play the game...You give it your all and sometimes amazing things happen, but it's hardly ever what you expect.”
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