Karen  Strong-Just South of Home

Karen Strong

Bio

Karen Strong was born and raised in rural Georgia. She spent most of her childhood wandering the woods, meadows, and gardens of her grandmother’s land. She now lives in Atlanta. Just South of Home is her first novel. Learn more at Karen-Strong.com.

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Georgia Grown

In Hena Khan's More to the Story, four American Muslim sisters living in Gwinnett County have to adapt when their dad heads out of town for his work with the CDC in this lovely homage to Louisa May Alcott's Little Women. Just South of Home, the kid-led mystery by debut Georgia author Karen Strong, tells the thoughtful and, at times creepy, story of a summer spent by four friends in a sleepy Southern town.

Gayatri Sethi

Dr. Gayatri Sethi is an educator and writer who muses about social justice themes. A former professor, she now independently offers workshops, seminars and courses on social justice, anti-racism and decolonizing education. She is of South Asian Indian descent, born in Tanzania and raised in Botswana. Some of her writings on identity and belonging have been published in Brown Girl Magazine and the Aerogramme. She resides in Decatur when she is not traveling globally with her family.

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Just South of Home

“Readers of Turnage’s Three Times Lucky will appreciate this well-wrought, atmospheric mystery.” —BCCB

“A stirring Southern middle grade book that burns brighter than fireworks on the Fourth.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“A must for readers who appreciate a heartfelt mystery.” —Booklist(starred review)

Cousins Sarah and Janie unearth a tragic event in their small Southern town’s history in this witty middle grade debut novel that’s perfect for fans of Stella by Starlight, The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing, and As Brave as You.


Twelve-year-old Sarah is finally in charge. At last, she can spend her summer months reading her favorite science books and bossing around her younger brother, Ellis, instead of being worked to the bone by their overly strict grandmother, Mrs. Greene. But when their cousin, Janie arrives for a visit, Sarah’s plans are completely squashed.

Janie has a knack for getting into trouble and asks Sarah to take her to Creek Church: a landmark of their small town that she heard was haunted. It’s also off-limits. Janie’s sticky fingers lead Sarah, Ellis and his best friend, Jasper, to uncover a deep-seated part of the town’s past. With a bit of luck, this foursome will heal the place they call home and the people within it they call family.


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