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NYLA 2022 Annual Conference and ReadersMagnet Book Confab Featured Maryjo Paradis-Smith’s Book

Maryjo Paradis-Smith writes a riveting page-turner that keeps readers enthralled from beginning to end.

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“I read ‘July in August’ while on vacation. I almost got a sunburn because I didn’t want to put it down!” – Rhonda, Amazon Customer.

ReadersMagnet gracefully displayed the young adult fiction book, “July in August: One Girl’s Struggle with an Opioid Addicted Mother,” at the New York Library Association 2022 Annual Conference and Trade Show on November 3 - 4, 2022, at Saratoga Springs City Center at 522 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 and ReadersMagnet Book Confab on October 28 - 30, 2022, at 72 Warren St., Tribeca, New York.

“July in August” is a book detailing the life of New Hampshire resident July Krativitiz. The life of July is a twisted mess. Her mother is a chronic drug user who is rarely around to watch over her and her younger brother. As a result, July has to decide whether to stay at home with him to keep him safe or to go to school and pray for his safety.

Maryjo Paradis-Smith, the author, was an enthusiastic classroom teacher. Her class is one where everyone knows they can rely on and respect each other. Students talked about everything from being homeless to being left off a baseball team. Maryjo’s ambition as a writer is to bring these stories to life.

Get a copy of Maryjo Parados-Smith’s book on Amazon or Barnes & Noble. And visit the author’s website at

July in August: One Girl’s Struggle with an Opioid Addicted Mother
Author | Maryjo Paradis-Smith
Genre | Young Adult Fiction
Publisher | IngramSpark
Published Date | November 20, 2020


Maryjo Paradis-Smith (1960– ) was born and raised in Arlington, Massachusetts. When Maryjo was a child, she lived in a two-family house. Her nine cousins lived upstairs, and she and her five siblings lived downstairs. Her family became known as the “Downstaires” when her mother became pregnant with her sixth sibling, and it was time to move to a bigger house. Her early years shaped much of her storytelling.

As an adult, Maryjo taught public school in Dover, New Hampshire, for 34 years. It was during this time that Maryjo’s passion for writing caught fire. As a middle school language arts and social studies teacher, Maryjo dedicated herself to her students. Respect and trust were established in her classroom. Students shared true stories of their struggles, everything from homelessness to not making the baseball team. As an author, Maryjo hopes to bring these stories to life.

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 July In August
 Maryjo Paradis-smith
 Young Adult Fiction
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