Joan of Arkansas: Awakening to the World

Joan of Arkansas: Awakening to the World

by Madeleine Herrmann


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Sixteen-year-old Joan Larousse has a lot on her mind. She knows she is lucky to live on a big estate with her parents, two caretakers and a parrot named Victor, Joan loves the woods and a cave becomes her "church". Joan's life is generally busy and happy. With her French tutor, Joan explores existentialism and consciousness, debate and speaking your truth, patience and love. As Joan chooses a date for the prom and enjoys her first kiss, she also confronts personal delimnas. Her values differ from her wealthy parents, who do not understand her, and want her to change. Joan doesn't want an expensive prom dress or the Mercedes her father offers. She overhears her parents arguing; her father travels too often and her mother drinks too much.

When Joan and her friend Kristin find out there is a petition to fire their well-liked science teacher at school, they become determined to stop that from happening and becomes immersed in the complex workings of American politics. With the help of her father, Joan gains the audience of the President. Reflecting the bravery of Joan of Arc, Joan of Arkansas musters the courage to speak clearly from her heart for her cause. This story reminds us that the younger generation are our future problem solvers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781632100382
Publisher: Plain View Press, LLC
Publication date: 08/24/2018
Pages: 228
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.48(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

Table of Contents

Chapter One: A Girl Called Joan 11

Chapter Two: Kristin’s Urgent Message 17

Chapter Three: Lunch with Dad 23

Chapter Four: Mademoiselle Giroud to the Rescue 27

Chapter Five: An Uncommon French Lesson 33

Chapter Six: Another Party 43

Chapter Seven: Keeping Hope Alive 53

Chapter Eight: To Kill a Butterfly 61

Chapter Nine: Lessons from a Little Prince 67

Chapter Ten: Lunch with Mom 79

Chapter Eleven: Petition or Rendition? What Would Jesus Say? 85

Chapter Twelve: Getting To Know You. Getting To Know All About You! 97

Chapter Thirteen: Let’s Take a Break! 105

Chapter Fourteen: The Prom Is Coming Soon 113

Chapter Fifteen: Not In My Own Back Yard 125

Chapter Sixteen: Another Lunch with Dad 131

Chapter Seventeen: Victor Is Getting Company 139

Chapter Eighteen: Dad, I Wish You Were Here! 149

Chapter Nineteen: Mom Goes to Rehab 155

Chapter Twenty: Life Without Mom 159

Chapter Twenty-One: Consciousness, Qu’est-ce Que C’est? 169

Chapter Twenty-Two: Mom’s Great Party 177

Chapter Twenty-Three: A Tribute to John Muir 191

Chapter Twenty-Four: Joan Goes to Washington 203

Chapter Twenty-Five: I Love, Therefore I Am 213

Discussion Guide 221

About the Author 227

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