Meet Jennifer Mathieu author of Moxie, on August 1st from 6:30pm-8:30pm.
Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with a school administration at her high school that thinks the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes, hallway harassment, and gross comments from guys during class. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules.
Viv's mom was a tough-as-nails, punk rock Riot Grrrl in the '90s, and now Viv takes a page from her mother's past and creates a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She's just blowing off steam, but other girls respond. As Viv forges friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, she realizes that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.
Moxie is a book about high school life that will make you wanna riot!
From Jennifer's website
Hi! I’m young adult author Jennifer Mathieu (pronounced Muh-two, but if you speak French you can pronounce it better than that. Sadly, I don’t speak French.) I’m a writer and English teacher who lives in Texas with my family. A native of the East Coast and a former journalist, I enjoy writing contemporary young adult fiction that treats teenagers like real people. I love to eat and hate to cook. For more fun facts, read on!
Ten Facts About Me
01 - I started writing “books” and stories when I was in kindergarten. I experienced my first success as a writer when I won a contest in Cricket Magazine. The story was about a dancing ape inside a library.
02 - I am weirdly obsessed with the 1980s sitcom The Golden Girls to the point where I can turn on any episode right in the middle of it and start reciting dialogue.
03 - I refused to get a cell phone until 2010 just to see how long I could go without one. Now I’m sort of addicted to texting. I knew this would happen!
04 - I spend my days teaching English to middle and high schoolers, and I love my job. Everyone thinks English teachers are always silently judging people’s grammar, but the truth is that even we mix up who and whom once in a while. At least I do.
05 - I could live on pepperoni pizza and anything chocolate.
06 - In the sixth grade I didn’t study for a science test so I could read The Outsiders in one night. I have never regretted failing that science test.
07 - My mom was born in Cuba and my dad was born in Chile, so I didn’t learn English until preschool. Puedo entender más de lo que puedo hablar, pero mi español es en general bastante bueno!
08 - I live in Texas with a funny husband, a sweetie pie son, and a lovable little rescue dog.
09 - In fifth grade, we had to take a test on the 50 states and their capitals as well as locate the states on a map. The only question I missed was the capital of Maine. For this reason, even on my death bed I will be able to tell you that the capital of Maine is Augusta.
10 - Total truth? I stole this list idea from E. Lockhart, author of the Ruby Oliver books - which happen to be some of my favorite young adult novels ever. You can check out more of my best-loved books (and music) on MY FAVES.