Laurel Snyder has made a career of picture books and middle-grade novels that don't shy away from the facts of life. Her newest novel, My Jasper June, follows Jasper and Leah as they embark on a summer of urban adventures and navigate the messy path between childhood fantasy and grown-up realities.
My Jasper June tackles a wide range of issues for a younger audience: homelessness, addiction and domestic abuse.
Snyder told On Second Thought, "The idea that we protect children in our literature from things that we can't protect them from in real life is really strange for me."
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