Ann is facing her share of challenges at a new high school. The beautiful Imani wants to be her friend, but Ann has tried to be friends with black girls before and knows it won’t work out. When a handsome bully takes an instant dislike to Ann, she gets help from an unexpected source--a friend with secrets of his own. Join Ann on a journey of self-discovery in this alternative history where everything is turned upside down and Ann must decide if she is ready to take a stand against injustice.
Jacci lives with her husband in Nevada's high desert. They spend their mornings hiking through the sagebrush with their big yellow dog, Rocky.
Jacci loves chocolate, babies, and coffee with friends. She's worn many hats in her lifetime: therapist, school counselor, campus minister, and mom. Her favorite hats are her writer and grandmother hats, which come in wild colors and don't fit too tightly.
Jacci has written Bending Willow,about Riley and Mia, in search of a father who doesn't know they exist. It is the first book in The Finding Home Series. Bending Willow has been on Amazon's top 100 Middle Grade Action/Adventure list since it came out and represented Nevada at the National Book Festival in Washington D.C. In addition to sharing her stories about Riley and Mia, Jacci is the author of the Amazon best-selling young adult series, The Finding Home Series.
Jacci has an active blog and has written articles for Middle Shelf Magazine and Conversations Journal. She loves connecting with readers so give her a buzz on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, Linkedin, Tumblr, or Instagram.
What does it mean to try and change racial prejudice? A friend once told me it meant to "stay in the ring." People of color can't leave the fight, white people can. It is tempting for us to jump in and out of the fight at our convenience. If we truly believe in racial equality, we need to be willing to stay in the fight and find ways to advocate for/with our friends.
She looked around the faces at the table and wasn’t sure what to say. “I’ve been reading about the abolitionists. There were black ones, of course, but there were also white ones, before the Great White Sickness. The black ones made sense, they were brave and took great risks, sure, but their only choice, before the rebellion, was slavery. It’s the whites that surprised me. They had lots of choices. They could choose to keep owning slaves or they could not own slaves and stay silent about slavery. But some went beyond that and defied their families, their employers, even their pastors to work to end slavery. You see the black people were in the fight, you know . . . like in boxing, they were in the ring, and they couldn’t get out. But the white people chose to stay in the ring and fight alongside them, as if it was their fight, too. Since I’m white, I have to stay in the ring, I don’t have many options. I guess it just took me a while to realize that you guys are trying to stay in the ring with me, and I keep trying to push you out.”