Forever and Always

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$19.99  $18.59
Greenwillow Books
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9.0 X 10.5 X 0.6 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author
Brittany J. Thurman is the author of Fly. She holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from Carnegie Mellon University. During her graduate years at Carnegie Mellon University, Brittany's plays were produced in Aspen, Colorado, and on New York's City's Theatre Row. She is a graduate of Kingston University in London, England, where she spent several years studying theater. She is a former children's specialist and museum educator, where she advocated for early literacy, reading hundreds of stories to thousands of children across Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Brittany currently lives in her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, where she holds tight to her elders, her roots, and her childhood home. When Brittany isn't writing, you can catch her biking along Louisville's waterfront, safely travelling, and spending plenty of time with her family.
Shamar Knight-Justice is an illustrator based in Atlanta, Georgia. He grew up with a crayon in his hand and a love for patterns. He currently serves as the principal of an elementary school in Southwest Atlanta, where his scholars' stories and personalities inspire him to create illustrations that honor their identities. When not drawing, Shamar loves to spend time hoarding collage materials, going on long walks with his family, and devouring the nearest pancake.

"The family here prays and waits while trying to think well of the world, that all will be okay, when actually they have evidence that sometimes fathers leave and never return... It's hard to express how effective Thurman's restraint is. Feelings, worried looks, and palpable tension in the beautiful painterly illustrations are the only clues of the pain this family feels during every moment of separation until Daddy returns home, safe... So understated that it's sure to give flight to discussions, this book offers a reality right out of the headlines, but by leaving it child-sized has a huge impact." -- School Library Journal (starred review)

"All day long, a young Black girl hopes her father will return from work.... From cover to cover, this book feels like a love song, with sheet music woven throughout the background. The digitally created art has a collagelike feel; deft use of shadow and texture makes the images appear almost three-dimensional in places. Tender and intimate, this is a book that will soothe children enduring the same worries as Olivia.... A balm for little ones grappling with harsh realities." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)