From the Desk of Zoe Washington

From the Desk of Zoe Washington

eBook - 2020
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An Amazon Best Book of the Month * #1 Kids Indie Next List * A Junior Library Guild Selection * Four Starred Reviews * From debut author Janae Marks comes a captivating mystery full of heart, as one courageous girl questions assumptions, searches for the truth, and does what she believes is right—even in the face of great opposition. A perfect book for fans of Front Desk and All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook! Zoe Washington isn’t sure what to write. What does a girl say to the father she’s never met, hadn’t heard from until his letter arrived on her twelfth birthday, and who’s been in prison for a terrible crime? A crime he says he never committed. Could Marcus really be innocent? Zoe is determined to uncover the truth. Even if it means hiding his letters and her investigation from the rest of her family. Everyone else thinks Zoe’s worrying about doing a good job at her bakery internship and proving to her parents that she’s worthy of auditioning for Food Network’s Kids Bake Challenge. But with bakery confections on one part of her mind, and Marcus’s conviction weighing heavily on the other, this is one recipe Zoe doesn’t know how to balance. The only thing she knows to be true: Everyone lies.
Publisher: [S.l.]: HarperCollins, 2020
ISBN: 9780062875884
Characteristics: 304 p
Additional Contributors: cloudLibrary

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Jun 16, 2020

Wow... This book was so good!! I really liked how well this book was written and how the mystery to find out about her dad was cool.

ArapahoeTanya Jun 16, 2020

This book had been on my to read shelf for a while and I wish I would have read it sooner! Zoe connects with her dad who has been in prison her whole life. But it turns out he is innocent and Zoe is determined to help him get out of prison. This book is full of heart, friendship, and cupcake baking.

OPL_KrisC Jun 13, 2020

An engaging and well-written book for kids about a young girl who finds out her bio dad was wrongfully convicted of a crime that landed him in prison. This book tackles tough topics like racism and social justice and is a book that I think would be a great book club pick to foster discussions on these topics. For fans of Sharon Draper's "Blended".

JCLChristiH Apr 13, 2020

On her twelfth birthday Zoe finds a letter in the mail for her from her birth father... a man she has never met; because, he has been in prison since shortly after her birth and her mother has prevented her from speaking to him. Zoe begins a secret written correspondence with her birth father, aided by the help of her grandmother. Will she find out the truth about what happened in her father's past and will she regret pursuing this knowledge without her mother permission. Zoe is a normal girl who loves baking and is missing her friends over summer break; but, now she finds herself is a far from normal journey of discovery.

OPL_KIDS Apr 01, 2020

From the Desk of Zoe Washington was a book that I saw come through on our new books shelf. I picked it up to read the back cover and then couldn’t put it down. I was immediately sucked into the description and as soon as I cracked the spine, the story itself. Zoe receives a letter on her 12th birthday from her biological father, a man whom she has never met, who has been in jail for murder her whole life. She learns that he has been writing to her her whole life, but her mother has been keeping the letters. She writes back, and a pen pal relationship is formed. The more Zoe gets to know her dad, the more she wonders how he could have done what he is in jail for doing. She asks her father about it and he says that he was wrongfully imprisoned. Spunky Zoe sets out to find the truth and eventually turns to Project Innocence to help her. This book is full of heart, but it also shows the real truth of things wrong with the justice system, as well as deception between family members. It isn’t afraid to tackle the hard stuff to get to the good stuff. It was a 5 star read for me.

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LPL_MaryW Feb 02, 2020

Zoe loves to bake. She wants to be a professional pastry chef when she grows up, and her mom landed her an internship at a local bakery this summer! But when she receives a letter from her birth father in prison on her 12th birthday, everything changes. Marcus sounds very nice in his letter, but he's in jail for murder. Zoe's not sure at first, but as she writes back and forth with Marcus (secretly—her mom would never allow it), she sees that he's really a good person. Could innocent people go to prison? With friendship challenges, cupcake creations, and a fight for justice, From the Desk of Zoe Washington is an absolute delight to read.


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