Joan writes both fiction and nonfiction for children and young adults. The author of over 20 books for young people, she is a journalist, writing teacher, and 2015 graduate of the MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Praised by School Library Journal for her "breezy style," she prides herself in writing reader-friendly prose for children and teens.
Coming in 2023 from Kids Can Press
Illustrated Chapter Book Series
By Joan Axelrod-Contrada
and Ann Malaspina
Illustrated by Paula J. Becker
Zeke the Weather Geek is a series of illustrated early chapter books in which a boy and his pet lizard, along with his STEM nerd friends, save the day during severe weather events. Publication of the first book, There's a Lizard in My Blizzard is due out in 2023.
Twelve Library Books
The Twelve Worst Shipwrecks of All Time (Spring, 2019) takes readers on a narrative journey through infamous disasters at sea, including The Titanic, the pirate ship Whydah Gally, the Exxon Valdez, and recent refugee crossings. Concrete details show how a luxurious cruise or simple church outing can turn deadly. Back matter describes how to stay safe if planning a journey by boat or ship.
YOUNG ADULT NOVEL
Sizzle from HIP Books
This hi-lo novel published in 2013 explores the controversial topic of teen pregnancy. Free wants to live up to her name and become the lead singer in a girl rock band. When she falls for her guitar teacher, things get messy. Then, when she’s not careful, things gets worse. Free's journey explores difficult issues about relationships, empowerment, and family support.
READ IT IF YOU DARE!
Joan enjoys making her books entertaining for readers. Joan's hi-lo titles from Capstone Press such as The Kids' Guide to Mummies and The World's Most Famous Ghosts reflect her interest in the wacky and weird. To order Ghoulish Ghost Stories from Amazon.com, click on the image of the book.