From the Desk of Zoe Washington

From the Desk of Zoe Washington

Book - 2020
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"Avid baker Zoe Washington receives a letter on her twelfth birthday from her biological father, who is in prison for a terrible crime"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2020]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062875853
006287585X
Branch Call Number: J F MAR
Characteristics: 291 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

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Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Jun 23, 2020

I loved this, and thought it was particularly impressive as a debut. Both of the threads of the plot -- Zoe's slow development of her relationship with her dad and her efforts to prove he didn't commit the crime he was imprisoned for, AND the lighter story of her work at a bakery and her love of baking -- were balanced really well, and all the characters felt real and believable. (I thought the adults were also written really well in this book -- they weren't demonized, but they reacted to some of the things Zoe and her friends did in ways that felt just right for how loving parents/grown-ups should behave.)

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orange_dog_2832
Jun 16, 2020

Wow... This book was so good!! I really liked how well this book was written and how the mystery to find out about her dad was cool.

ArapahoeTanya Jun 16, 2020

This book had been on my to read shelf for a while and I wish I would have read it sooner! Zoe connects with her dad who has been in prison her whole life. But it turns out he is innocent and Zoe is determined to help him get out of prison. This book is full of heart, friendship, and cupcake baking.

OPL_KrisC Jun 13, 2020

An engaging and well-written book for kids about a young girl who finds out her bio dad was wrongfully convicted of a crime that landed him in prison. This book tackles tough topics like racism and social justice and is a book that I think would be a great book club pick to foster discussions on these topics. For fans of Sharon Draper's "Blended".

JCLChristiH Apr 13, 2020

On her twelfth birthday Zoe finds a letter in the mail for her from her birth father... a man she has never met; because, he has been in prison since shortly after her birth and her mother has prevented her from speaking to him. Zoe begins a secret written correspondence with her birth father, aided by the help of her grandmother. Will she find out the truth about what happened in her father's past and will she regret pursuing this knowledge without her mother permission. Zoe is a normal girl who loves baking and is missing her friends over summer break; but, now she finds herself is a far from normal journey of discovery.

OPL_KIDS Apr 01, 2020

From the Desk of Zoe Washington was a book that I saw come through on our new books shelf. I picked it up to read the back cover and then couldn’t put it down. I was immediately sucked into the description and as soon as I cracked the spine, the story itself. Zoe receives a letter on her 12th birthday from her biological father, a man whom she has never met, who has been in jail for murder her whole life. She learns that he has been writing to her her whole life, but her mother has been keeping the letters. She writes back, and a pen pal relationship is formed. The more Zoe gets to know her dad, the more she wonders how he could have done what he is in jail for doing. She asks her father about it and he says that he was wrongfully imprisoned. Spunky Zoe sets out to find the truth and eventually turns to Project Innocence to help her. This book is full of heart, but it also shows the real truth of things wrong with the justice system, as well as deception between family members. It isn’t afraid to tackle the hard stuff to get to the good stuff. It was a 5 star read for me.

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LPL_MaryW Feb 02, 2020

Zoe loves to bake. She wants to be a professional pastry chef when she grows up, and her mom landed her an internship at a local bakery this summer! But when she receives a letter from her birth father in prison on her 12th birthday, everything changes. Marcus sounds very nice in his letter, but he's in jail for murder. Zoe's not sure at first, but as she writes back and forth with Marcus (secretly—her mom would never allow it), she sees that he's really a good person. Could innocent people go to prison? With friendship challenges, cupcake creations, and a fight for justice, From the Desk of Zoe Washington is an absolute delight to read.

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OPL_KrisC thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

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