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Exploring Feelings and Facing Challenges, a cover reveal, guest post, and excerpt by Jennifer Weiner

Jacket design by Laura Lyn DiSiena and Irene Vandervoort
Jacket illustration (c) 2023 by Ji-Hyuk Kim

Once upon a time, long, long ago, in a small town in Connecticut, there lived a doctor and a teacher, in a house full of books. Every night, the four children would gather in their parents’ big bed, and the father would read to them.

My father was a complicated, troubled man. But that one thing, he did right. He read poetry, from a book called “A Child’s Garden of Verses.” He read us age-appropriate versions of the Aeneid and the Odyssey, and “A Child’s History of the World.” But the book I remember most vividly was the edition of Grimm’s Fairytales my father had, which were lavishly, graphically illustrated in full color plates. To this day, I can recall the pictures of Cinderella’s stepsisters, mutilated feet dripping blood while birds pecked out their eyes…or Bluebird’s wife, gazing at the decapitated corpses of her predecessors as they hung in a row on the dungeon wall…or Rumpelstiltskin, capering around the fire, all but salivating at the prospect of forcing the miller’s daughter to give him her baby.