BOOKS

Young Adult Fiction
Can Patrik and his family escape their totalitarian country before they are found out?
multicultural middle grade fiction
In Baghdad, war is being waged all around Talib and Nouri. Can these two Iraqi boys solve their own war and live in peace with each other?
Living in the Mayan jungle, Rosalba knows nothing about the 2012 prophesy of the end of the world. Then sophisticated Alicia comes from Mexico City to tell her all about it...
Susana and Pina grow up in an Italian orphanage Will either find a parent?
Can a white boy and an African boy keep their friendship in a changing world?
Overnight, Tinh's Vietnamese village is destroyed by a cyclone. How can Tinh make things right for himself and his family?
Binh's Ameican aunt is coming to her Vietnamese village. Will she bring the riches that Binh longs for?
Gregory has to leave the Navajo reservation for the big city of Tucson.
Why won't the new Chinese girl be Ginny's friend?
In this sequel to The Gold-Threaded Dress, Oy must again make a decision. In the talent show will she do what others want or be true to herself?
What if your best friend is also your biggest rival?
Will Noi be sent to the factory to work, or can she learn to paint umbrellas? Will a young artist be able to pursue her gift?
Gloria wakes up on Christmas morning to find that Mama is going to work instead of taking her to Nana's house in Mexico to celebrate.
Oy, a Thai immigrant, has to decide what she will give up to fit in. What would you do if the most popular girl demanded that you bring or special dress to school, or else?

I am happy to announce that MAMA HAD TO WORK ON CHRISTMAS, which has been out of print, is now available as an e-book for all e-readers.

Gloria wakes up on Christmas morning to find that Mama is going to work instead of taking her to Nana's house in Mexico to celebrate.

REVIEWS
Booklist
“This small chapter book with moving, realistic black-and-white illustrations does bring home the painful truth about class differences, a subject seldom addressed in children’s books.”

Publishers Weekly
“Marsden effectively portrays Gloria’s resentment of what she does not have and subsequent appreciation for her having family and all that she does have. Her tale will be an eye-opener for many youngsters."

School Library Journal
“This account of one girl’s Christmas could have been saccharine or preachy, but the tone is matter-of-fact and engaging, and Gloria is an appealing character.”


HOW I GOT THE IDEA
One Christmas, my mother took me and my family to a lovely buffet in a fancy hotel. The food was so delicious I didn't know what to eat first! Then I noticed the waiters and bus boys, the women in the bathroom handing us towels. I felt bad for them because they had to work on a holiday. Then I began to imagine what it was like for children to have a parent working. After dinner, we took a boat ride across the bay. As I rode, I made up the story of Gloria.
IDEAS FOR CLASSROOM DISCUSSION:

*Hispanic culture
*different cultural holiday traditions
*the meaning of love
*how it feels to be disappointed