As a career journalist and candidate for vice president of the United States, Pat LaMarche lived in homeless shelters and situations across the nation while campaigning. Her intent was to highlight the plight of folks she cared most about in our society: veterans, babies, kids and their parents, the elderly and the tempest-tossed (to quote Emma Lazarus from the Statue of Liberty). All those folks – she thought – were left out of the discussion during the 2004 election cycle. The book followed in 2005. Fast forward 15 years – Pat has since worked running homeless shelters, fought with the system, crisscrossed the nation multiple times, and directed the kindness of others to help those she identified as needy.
Priscilla and The Snow Fort, written by Pat LaMarche, illustrated by Bonnie Tweedy Shaw and published by the Charles Bruce Foundation, is the second of a four part series of chapter books for elementary school children and their grownups, Priscilla and the Snow Fort traces the steps of five young people and their beloved Priscilla. Personal stories unfold. Characters expand. And the troubling reality of loving folks experiencing homelessness become clear. This adorable book takes the reader on a gentle journey through some pretty tough real life terrain.
Magic Diary is funny, frightening, and fantastic. The unique structure of this novel delivers sensitive insight into the life and death struggles of a critically ill child and her family.
When a charming 14-year-old former cancer patient relapses, she pours her heart into the journal her high school English teacher gives her. Encouraged to share her thoughts with the diary, Genevieve is promised magical results. Her teacher pledges “If you write what you’re thinking, time will pass more quickly.” Knowing how slowly time can pass in the hospital, Genevieve does as she is told.
Like most 21stcentury cancer patients, Genevieve has to face her fears while she struggles to get better. Genevieve worries how her illness effects those she loves. She strives to relate what she learns in school with what her own family and the other ill and injured children of the hospital’s pediatric floor must face.
Left Out in America graphically depicts the real lives of persons experiencing homelessness all across the United States. With a special introduction by national children’s advocate Diane Nilan, Left Out in America travels across the nation and into the country’s deepest corners of poverty. From Los Angeles to Boston and Fayetteville, Arkansas to Portland, Oregon no community is free from homelessness.Magic Diary is a 21stcentury history book full of historic figures sharing their experiences so a hopeful kid can better understand the world around her. You’ve never had so much fun learning about the past!
We’re rewriting history. This time we’re telling the truth.
“Daddy, What’s the Middle Class” is a series of heart warming – often tragic – tales of unacknowledged greatness. Because few of us actually learned how the middle class invented itself, you won’t recognize most of the names, dates and places in this unconventional history book.
These stories will stick in your mind, inspire you to honor the legacy of forgotten heroes, and encourage you to do your part to restore the middle class.
Twenty-five Sunbury Press authors contributed twenty-seven chapters about the possible impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on society. Based on their experiences in a variety of fields, they provide their projections about the changes facing us, many of which have already been underway for some time. Included in this volume: Pat LaMarche: Politics Makes No Bedfellows
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All proceeds go to charity because only a jackass would make money on the homeless.