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Jo-Anne Sieppert is the president and creator of Pen to Paper Publishing, was born in Leeds England and is currently living in Calgary, Alberta with her husband of fifteen years and her two sons. Jo-Anne has a level 2 in early childhood education and has worked with children now for over ten years. Jo-Anne is a member of CHADD Calgary and CADAC Canada, both of which are organizations for Attention Deficit Disorder. After being diagnosed with ADHD at age twenty-two, Jo-Anne has focused on learning, and advocating for ADHD. When her youngest son was diagnosed at age five, this became her passion. Jo-Anne runs an online support group for parents raising children with ADHD, she attends the monthly support meetings at CHADD, and presents in schools to teachers and parents.
Jo-Anne uses her own personal experiences to help others facing similar struggles, she does so with honesty, care, understanding and humor. She focuses on the positive aspects of ADHD along with the real life struggles, ideas and solutions to help overcome those struggles.
Jo-Anne also writes youth fiction, children’s books, poetry and articles for the online website and magazine, The Family Room. She is a regular guest on the radio show, Real Life with Susan J Sohn. Along with running the writing group Pen to Paper, Jo-Anne also attends a writing group that runs bi –weekly, and makes a point to support all local authors in her community by attending their events and adding their work to her library.
on June 06, 2013 :
This book was recommended to me. Once I started reading it I couldn't put it down. The book seems to be more of a teen series, either way I loved it. My heart broke as Delilah was tortured by "the painfully perfects." Will be waiting for the next book in the series.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on Dec. 03, 2012 :
Absolutely the best book I've read this year ! Gripping story of delilah I felt her pain and struggles I can not wait for the next book in this series!!! 5 star all the way ! Jo-Anne is an amazing author!!
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Aug. 21, 2012 :
Delilah is a high school student with a big problem. The Painfully Perfects, a group of rich, beautiful and popular students, are slowly and steadily torturing her. From teasing to laughing, from tripping to duct-taping her hair to a bus seat, the Perfects won’t leave Delilah alone. Her only reprieve is after school and weekends.
Delilah’s parents are rarely home to notice her unhappiness. One night, she rows out to a deserted island to get away from it all. She enjoys the peace and quiet until she hears a voice. After overcoming her initial surprise, she is pleased to find a friend in the voice, named Jack. She returns several times to continue talking to Jack, but he never shows himself.
Back at school, the Perfects are increasing their bullying tactics and pull down her pants in front of the entire gym class. How will Delilah ever face school again?
Aberrant keeps the reader guessing through clever twists and developments. Just when you think you’ve solved one mystery, another one appears. It is written for a young adult audience, but is interesting for an adult reader as well.
Aberrant uses a lot of dialogue, which helps bring the characters to life, but occasionally slows down the plot. Delilah is an empathetic character, though her swift mood-changes are a bit dizzying at times.
This is a creative, entertaining book that kept me turning pages.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Nov. 07, 2011 :
I really enjoyed reading this story. My heart broke with Delilah and Jack was a hero I couldn't stop reading about it. The darkness of the story is very refreshing and my jaw dropped with the last line. It was a great opening to a series that I will be reading and I cannot wait to read the next one!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)