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Jamaica Film Festival, July 7–11 2015
JFF_Official_SelectionEmblemSally’s Way was a slice of life picture which covered a host of social topics that easily resonated with the audience. An interesting blend of juvenile and adult themes, it follows the life of Sally — an imaginative young country girl — who is thrust into reality when her grandmother falls ill. She finds herself living with an Indian family until things stabilises. Through the length of the film, she must overcome the obstacles that life has now thrown at her without losing the essence of herself.Rory Daley Jamaica Observer, Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Sally’s Way goes to Seattle –  Article in the Trinidad Guardian

Find out about Sally’s Way

Joanne Gail JohnsonLink to an Interview with the writer/director of Sally’s Way, Joanne Gail Johnson

Sally's Way - the bookSally’s Way  Book Review by Loretta Collins Klobah is a Full Professor of Caribbean literature, creative writing and medical humanities courses at the University of Puerto Rico.

Sally’s Way, by Joanne Gail Johnson, a step reader book in the Hop Step Jump series for younger readers published by Macmillan Caribbean, is one of my favorite in the series because Sally, the protagonist is likable, confident, and determined. When I teach my doctoral course on Caribbean Children’s and Young Adult Literature at the University of Puerto Rico— a course that attracts elementary and secondary teachers of English who are working for a doctoral degree— I always introduce my students to this book. Sally is an inventive thinker and problem solver and a good negotiator with the adults in her community from whom she seeks support. She is willing to do the work over time that it takes to meet her goals and improve the situation for her family, who, when the story begins, must bathe at the corner standpipe and carry home water daily.  The book models in creative and practical terms how a young person (no matter how limited the family resources are) can have agency and form mutually beneficial relationships with community members in order to find solutions and meet needs. The writing is so good—both engaging and entertaining— that the book never reads like a didactic tract or simply a beginner’s lesson in entrepreneurship. All of the community members with whom Sally interacts are given depth of personality and humanity by Johnson. We enjoy meeting Sally’s grandmother, Dan the taxi driver, Marvin, the fruit stand man, Mr. Dindials, the hardware store owner, and her friends, Crystal and Sharon, as well as others who help Sally achieve the goal she has set for herself. When I heard that this story was being made into a movie, and that the movie would continue and expand upon Sally’s story and her relationship with her grandmother, who has been raising her, I was really pleased to hear it.  I look forward to seeing Sally’s Way, the movie.
PS I should say that I think I have all of your children’s books, and I use them regularly with my students. We always enjoy the Ibis stew book a lot.


Loretta Collins Klobah
Brief bio of Loretta Collins Klobah:
Loretta Collins Klobah is a Full Professor of Caribbean literature, creative writing and medical humanities courses at the University of Puerto Rico in San Juan. She has published academic articles and poetry widely in journals. Her poetry collection, The Twelve Foot Neon Woman (Leeds, Peepal Tree Press, 2011), received the 2012 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature in the category of poetry. It was also short listed for the Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection, offered by the Forward Arts Foundation in the UK.

Video of other children’s books by Joanne Gail Johnson
Also visit her Caribbean Children website