J.L. Powers is the author of three novels for young adults: Amina, The Confessional and This Thing Called the Future; editor of an anthology of essays for all ages, That Mad Game: Growing Up in a Warzone; and author of a picture book, Colors of the Wind: the story of blind artist and champion runner George Mendoza.
Colors of the Wind: The story of blind artist and champion runner George Mendoza
"The story of George Mendoza, told in J.L. Powers' beautiful, poetic language, is an illumination of the persistent power of art. Colors of the Wind reminds us all that our biggest burdens are often our greatest gifts." —Kathi Appelt, author of The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp and The Underneath
This Thing Called the Future
"Despite pervasive HIV and the specter of rape, as well as the restrictions on girls’ freedom that are her society’s only response, Khosi manages to find her power, refuse to be a victim, and carve out a future for herself that embraces both the modern and the traditional."--The Horn Book Magazine
That Mad Game: Growing Up in a Warzone
Skipping Stones Honor Book. A Notable Book for a Global Society. "Coming of age during a time of war: fighting, dying, surviving. Seventeen first-person accounts from around the world. "Uplifting tales of survival… War’s most vulnerable victims have their say.”--Kirkus