From the Desk of Zoe Washington

From the Desk of Zoe Washington

Category: MG

Genre: Contemporary

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Release date: January 14, 2020

Dear Marcus…

Zoe Washington isn’t sure what to write next. 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? The truth is somewhere out there, and Zoe is determined to uncover it. Even if it means hiding his letters and her investigation from her mom and stepdad. 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. It’s been Zoe’s dream to become a star baker, and she can’t afford to mess anything up. Her best friend and neighbor Trevor would’ve been her confidante through all this, but Zoe’s not speaking to him anymore. She’ll have to figure this out alone.

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. This captivating novel by debut author Janae Marks follows one courageous girl as she questions assumptions, searches for the truth, and does what she believes is right, even in the face of great opposition.

Janae Marks

Janae Marks writes contemporary books for kids and teens. After graduating college with an English Literature degree, she worked in children’s publishing in New York City, where she remembered how much she loved stories for children, and still connected with them – even as an adult. That love only grew when she got an MFA in Writing for Children from The New School. Her middle grade debut FROM THE DESK OF ZOE WASHINGTON will be published on January 14, 2020 by HarperCollins Katherine Tegen Books. She currently lives in Connecticut, and when she’s not writing fiction or working in education, she’s spending time with her husband and daughter – at the beach when it’s warm enough.
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