An Inmate's Daughter by Jan Walker

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In the summer between 7th and 8th grade, Jenna MacDonald does the dumbest thing ever. She tries to save a little girl from drowning. Jenna's family has a secret and her mother wants it kept. Jenna's father is in prison for murder. "Prison reflects on wives and children," Mom says. Keeping the fact of prison secret is made more difficult when the newspaper runs a story about Jenna's "Good Samaritan" rescue at the McNeil Island Corrections Center. Mom is mad, and Jenna just wants to fit in. "He may be in prison, but he's still my dad," Jenna says. As she writes in her journal, the children of prisoners are doing time too.

Like more than two million children in the United States, Jenna and her brother struggle with the stigma, loss, separation, and shame of having a parent in prison. This heart-warming story shows what it's like to be one of the innocent victims.

About Jan Walker

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Jan Walker – Biography Jan Walker, trained in child and family studies, is a former community college instructor who spent the last 18 years of her career teaching adult felons in maximum and medium custody prisons. She is the author of Dancing to the Concertina's Tune: A Prison Teacher's Memoir (Northeastern University Press, June 2004), parenting and family books for inmate students, and training manuals for correctional educators. Her most popular book, Parenting From a Distance, Your Rights and Responsibilities, sold for over eighteen years, and was released in Spanish in the late 1990s to meet the needs of federal and state prisons. It will be reissued this summer. Walker has had short fiction and nonfiction works published, a middle-grade novel, An Inmate's Daughter which is slated for release in early 2006, and has completed literary novels in settings ranging from the Pacific Northwest to Tonga in the South Pacific. Walker lives in Gig Harbor, Washington, where she is the current president of a writers' association dedicated to fostering literacy and the writing craft for youth and adults. She is working on a history of family and place that includes the story of the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Washington.
Published August 4, 2010 by Raven Publishing Inc. of Montana. 171 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Parenting & Relationships, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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