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About the Author
Dawn Quigley is a citizen of the Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe, North Dakota. Her debut YA novel, Apple in the Middle, was awarded an American Indian Youth Literature Honor. She is a PhD, education university faculty member, and a former K-12 reading and English teacher, as well as Indian Education program codirector. You can find her online at www.dawnquigley.com.
Tara Audibert is a Wolatoqiyik artist, film maker, and illustrator with 20 years' experience in animation, comics, and fine art. Tara aspires to combine traditional First Nations art and storytelling with contemporary design and digital mediums. She runs Moxy Fox Studio and her first independent animated film The Importance of Dreaming, was released in 2017. She is a founder of the Ni'gweg Collective and the app "NITAP: Legends of the First Nations."
"Young readers will revel in the humor this chapter book offers: the wordplay, the nicknames, and Jo Jo's irrepressible narrative voice. A joyful book about growing up Native in a loving community--not to be missed." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"In a winning, straightforward voice, Quigley adeptly creates strong classroom scenes that convey an inclusive student body's realistic dynamic and an endearing, assured seven-year-old protagonist who appreciates her cultural identity." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Jo Jo's magnetic personality and liberal humor should endear her immediately to readers struggling to sort out their own worlds--she is sure to be young readers' new 'book best friend.'" -- Shelf Awareness (starred review)
"In eight brief yet eventful chapters, we follow this seven-year-old Everygirl through a relatable and entertaining series of misadventures and misunderstandings. Through it all, the first-person narrative is consistently engaging, with just the right touch of primary-grade silliness to balance out Jo Jo's fears about friendship. Audibert's cartoony illustrations add humorous layers to this exemplary transitional reader." -- Horn Book (starred review)
"A sweet, slice-of-life series debut. Readers will love Jo Jo and want to be her friend." -- School Library Journal (starred review)
"Funny and smart, with a sly sense of humor that's entirely its own, prepare for a series that you'll want to see much more of in the future." -- Betsy Bird, A Fuse #8 Production (SLJ blog)
"Readers come to know Jo Jo's quirky perspective, her insecurities and her cultural identity, which informs how she sees the world. Jo Jo's sense of humor, playful attitude and frequent misinterpretations of dialogue and body language are sure to lead to plenty of giggles. Jo Jo's family, teachers and friends keep her on her toes, learning and growing. Quigley's first-person narration is fast paced, witty and engaging, while illustrator Tara Audibert's black-and-white cartoon-style illustrations assist with character development and deepen the story's setting." -- BookPage
"A fun and fanciful story... Jo Jo Makoons, the first in a series, provides Indigenous children an opportunity to see themselves in books and teaches non-Indigenous children more about Ojibwe culture." -- Quill & Quire