Paper Things Provides Middle-Grade Readers with an Intimate Account of Child Homelessness

Cumberland, ME – February 10, 2015 – With as much adventure and emotion as her award-winning novel Small as an Elephant, Jennifer Jacobson’s new novel, Paper Things, presents the story of 11-year-old Ari who when forced to choose between staying with her guardian and being with her big brother, choses her big brother. There’s just one problem-Gage doesn’t actually have a place to live. Set in a fictitious Maine town, Paper Things is Jacobson’s newest juvenile fiction title.

"This story allowed me to think deeply about the kids I worry about – those without a foundation of support or those who, for one reason or another, lose it," says Jacobson of Paper Things. "There are so many children with potential, and yet they fall through the cracks."

Paper Things received a starred review from School Library Journal, which states, "This novel will engender empathy and understanding of a serious and all-too-real problem. Jacobson’s story is poignant but never preachy." According to Voya magazine, the leading library journal dedicated to the needs of young adult librarians, Paper Things is "Powerful… It is well written, with a moving plot, and is told in an authentic voice that pulls the reader in. … Jacobson tells a story that is authentic and relatable to a wide audience of readers."

Paper Things is available today from publisher Candlewick Press and all major bookstores. In addition, Jacobson will sign books at an event on March 5 sponsored by Portland, ME Longfellow Books, which will donate a portion of each sale to Preble Street to support its work creating solutions for homeless, hunger, and poverty.