Welcome Back, Josie!
Book 2 of the Josie Goes Green Series Is Here
Josie Meets a Jaguar, the second book in the Josie Goes Green Series, is available for pre-order from Green Writers Press and arrives in bookstores March 20th, 2017.
Can Josie Save the Jaguar?
When Josie meets a jaguar in the Amazon rainforest, she and her new friend Lucia discover a secret: The forest is in big trouble. Back in Brooklyn, Josie and her gang are ready for action. To save the Amazon, they create a solar company, award-winning photographs, a new dance and theÂ funnestÂ night ever. Will that be enough to save the forest and the jaguar? Josie is going nuts waiting to find out.
Bill McKibben’s reaction: Â â€śThis series is turning into a classic!â€ť
The series â€“ the first ever childrenâ€™s â€ścli-fiâ€ť or climate fiction, features a feisty nine-year-old from Brooklyn who becomes a crusader for preventing disastrous climate change and other environmental threats.
The book is for ages 7-11 and is appropriate for schools, school districts, childrenâ€™s social issue book clubs, and families.
Author Carl Anderson, with the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, said, â€śHow wonderful it is to spend time again with Josie, her friends, and family and be inspired by her passion for protecting the environment.â€ť
The book opens with a dramatic encounter between Josie and a wild jaguar. That leads to a discovery of illegal logging near the indigenous village she is visiting. The book toggles back and forth between action in Ecuador and the kids back in Brooklyn who are working to support the villagers as they make a decision about logging.
Illustrated by veteran children’s book artist and Brooklyn, NY resident, Janet Pedersen, Josie comes alive again on the page with her furry friends and classmatesâ€”along with their dance-crazy teacher!
A sample of the artwork:
Book 2â€™s theme of protecting the natural world while acting in solidarity with indigenous peoples echoes the current campaign of the Water Protectors at Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota.
The co-authors Antonia Bruno and her parents are delighted that Antoniaâ€™s brother Benjy has joined the team and contributed to this book. All four have visited the Ecuadorian rainforest, a visit that helped inspire this book.
Praise forÂ Josie Meets a Jaguar
â€śJosie, the irrepressible fourth-grade green crusader, returns with a rousing adventure and an international eco challenge.â€ťÂ â€”Mike Brune, Executive Director of the Sierra Club
â€śAny book with Jaguars and leeches is definitely worth readingâ€”and this series is turning into a classic!â€ťÂ â€”Bill Mckibben, Author of Eaarth
â€śHow wonderful it was to spend time again with Josie, herÂ friendsÂ and family, and be inspired by her passion for protecting the environment. I wish there were more books like this that help kids think about how they can be citizens of the earth.â€ťâ€”Carl Anderson, Teachers College Reading and Writing Project
About the Authors:
Josie Meets a JaguarÂ is co-authored byÂ the Bruno/Handman familyâ€”Beth, Kenny, Antonia, and Benjy. The series is inspired by the enthusiasm of the students from P.S. 321, where Beth is Assistant Principal and Benjy and Antonia attended elementary school. Kenny works coordinating environmental campaigns. Benjy teaches ESLÂ and outdoor skills for children. Antonia works for Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives as a grant writer and communications coordinator.Â The family is from Brooklyn, New York.
Find out more aboutÂ Josie:Â www.josiegoesgreen.com
About the Illustrators:
Janet PedersenÂ has illustrated many books for children, as well as authored a few herself. She is the author and illustrator ofÂ Houdini the Amazing CaterpillarÂ (Clarion Books) andÂ Millie in the MeadowÂ (Candlewick Press). Janet lives with her family in Brooklyn, in a neighborhood a little like Josieâ€™s.
Additional graphics by Chelsea Silverman.
Â Click here to read about Book 1 in the Josie Goes Green Series:
Josie and the Fourth Grade Bike Brigade
Josie Meets a Jaguar
PUB DATE: March 20, 2017
5 x 8; Paperback Original; 96 pages; $6.95Â pbk; $4.99Â ebk
ISBN: 978-0-9974528-6-0Â pbk; ISBN: 9780997452853 e-book
Authors available for readings and interviewsâ€”national publicity planned for launch and book tour with festival readings.Â Distributed by Midpoint Trade Books. Available wherever books are sold.