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Janae Marks

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​​Janae Marks is an author of middle grade novels. Her debut From the Desk of Zoe Washington is an indie bestseller and was named a Best Book of the Year by Parents Magazine, Book Riot, Kirkus Reviews, Booklist, Chicago Public Library and the Boston Globe. Her second novel is A Soft Place to Land. She has an MFA in Writing for Children from The New School, and lives in Connecticut with her husband, daughter and miniature schnauzer.

Average rating: 4.29 · 11,857 ratings · 2,090 reviews · 5 distinct worksSimilar authors
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A Soft Place to Land

4.12 avg rating — 922 ratings — published 2021 — 7 editions
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4.31 avg rating — 230 ratings — published 2022 — 6 editions
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On Air with Zoe Washington

4.32 avg rating — 68 ratings — expected publication 2023 — 7 editions
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The Faraway Truth

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This is a middle grade book. The target age is 8-12. That said, older kids and adults have read and enjoyed it! :)
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“Maybe it’s ok to do something wrong if you’re doing it for the right reason.”
Janae Marks, From the Desk of Zoe Washington

“Do you think you can forgive Marcus now?” “Oh, honey,” she said, putting her hand on my shoulder. “If Marcus really is innocent, I hope you will forgive me for keeping him from you all these years. I hope you understand why I did it, that I was only trying to protect you. I still am, the best way I know how.”
Janae Marks, From the Desk of Zoe Washington

“But there was a tiny voice in the back of my brain. It told me to remember what I read in The Wrongfully Convicted, and in my research about the Innocence Project. It told me that Susan Thomas was out there somewhere, and she still might’ve seen Marcus that day. It told me not to lose hope. Not yet.”
Janae Marks, From the Desk of Zoe Washington

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