written and illustrated by Ann Calandro
Second Chances is the story of Joseph, whose parents divorced when he was four years old. His life changed dramatically: living in two different places, having a step-mom, step-dad, and two step-brothers, and feeling like no one really cared about him. One day, when Joseph was ten, he discovered the local library. He liked the books and puzzles and beanbag chairs. The librarian, Clara, talked to him and said she didn't mind at all if he spent time there. She even asked Joseph to help her with some of her tasks, and that made him feel good inside. Joseph soon realized that he may have come from a broken home, but he himself was not broken.
JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Marriage & Divorce
Shanti Arts Designs
Published in 2016
ISBN: 978-1-941830-26-0 (print)
36 pages; 36 illustrations
Ann Calandro grew up in New York City, lived in upstate New York and Missouri for a number of years, and currently lives in New Jersey. She works as a writer, editor, and proofreader. Her poetry and short stories have been published in literary journals and anthologies, and her artwork has been exhibited in juried exhibitions and included in two calendars. Ann uses paper, colored pencil, soft pastel, chalk, ink, and fabric to create her mixed media artwork. This is her second published children's book. She also wrote and illustrated Never Stop Drawing (Shanti Arts Publishing, 2015).
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