Marshmallow and Jordan

Jordan’s days as star player for her school’s basketball team ended when an accident left her paralyzed from the waist down. Now, she’s still the team captain, but her competition days seem to be behind her…until an encounter with a mysterious elephant, who she names Marshmallow, helps Jordan discover a brand new sport.

Will water polo be the way for Jordan to continue her athletic dreams–or will it just come between Jordan and her best friends on the basketball team? And with the big tournament right around the corner, what secret is Marshmallow hiding? (Source)

Author: Alina Chau 周曉芬

Author and illustrator Alina Chau 周曉芬 is an award-winning filmmaker and artist. Her credits include the Emmy Award-winning Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series, and numerous best-selling games. She illustrated The Nian Monster, which received the 2018 APALA Picture Book Honor. Having grown up in Hong Kong in an Indonesian-Chinese family during the British colonial era, her creative vision is strongly influenced by a diverse mix of cultures. She finds inspiration in her grandmother’s stories, colorful sarongs, and delicate wooden sculptures from Southeast Asia, as well as in the aroma of stinky tofu, and the sound of Hong Kong tram bells chiming. Alina’s unique cultural heritage strongly influences her artistic and storytelling voice. Her whimsical illustration style is highly sought after for art exhibitions worldwide. Her lyrical watercolors have garnered her a devoted fan base and the accolades of her peers.

Excerpt from the book. Illustrations and text depict protagonists Jordan and Marshmallow entering Jordan's home, being cared for by her adult. Jordan's adult says: "Wait a moment... I have something that will make you feel better. A snack will help cheer you up." Jordan responds: "Yum!" Her adult explains: "These are fresh from our garden. Now tell me, how did you meet?" Jordan begins: "I heard something near the playground...."
Excerpt from the book. (Source)
Illustration from the book. Features Jordan, a friend, and Marshmallow exploring an outdoor space.
Illustration from the book. (Source)

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