by Jennifer Rouse Barbeau
Anorexia, suicide, a brave imagination and an absurd world: Swampy Jo brings a wry smile to YA fiction.
Swampy Jo is the coming-of-age story of a girl on the cusp of womanhood. Fourteen-year-old Sarah Jo (nicknamed Swampy Jo for her poor hygiene) is disappearing. Her obsession with diet and exercise is slowly erasing her. Can she piece together the puzzle of dirty secrets that have led to her parents’divorce, her mother’s nervous breakdown, and her aunt’s obsession with cleaning? Left alone to cope, Swampy Jo must decipher the sign of the Mystic Cross in time to save the life of a remote but compelling boy, whose fate, she learns, is mysteriously linked to hers.
Illustrated by Jennifer Rouse Barbeau
About the Author
Jennifer Rouse Barbeau is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, and is now a professor of Advertising--Creative Media at Canadore College in North Bay. She lives in Sturgeon Falls. Barbeau has published a number of short stories, including "Grumble" in the 2006 YSP anthology Bluffs: Northeastern Ontario Stories from the Edge. She illustrated La Laineuse by Rachel Desaulniers (Le Centre FORA, 2006). Swampy Jo is her first novel.