Our search has the following Google-type functionality:
If you use '+' at the start of a word, that word will be present in the search results.
eg. Harry +Potter
Search results will contain 'Potter'.
If you use '-' at the start of a word, that word will be absent in the search results.
eg. Harry -Potter
Search results will not contain 'Potter'.
If you use 'AND' between 2 words, then both those words will be present in the search results.
eg. Harry AND Potter
Search results will contain both 'Harry' and 'Potter'.
NOTE: AND will only work with single words not phrases.
If you use 'OR' between 2 single words, then either or both of those words will be present in the search results.
eg. 'Harry OR Potter'
Search results will contain just 'Harry', or just 'Potter', or both 'Harry' and 'Potter'.
NOTE: OR will only work with single words not phrases.
If you use 'NOT' before a word, that word will be absent in the search results. (This is the same as using the minus symbol).
eg. 'Harry NOT Potter'
Search results will not contain 'Potter'.
NOTE: NOT will only work with single words not phrases.
If you use double quotation marks around words, those words will be present in that order.
eg. "Harry Potter"
Search results will contain 'Harry Potter', but not 'Potter Harry'.
NOTE: "" cannot be combined with AND, OR & NOT searches.
If you use '*' in a word, it performs a wildcard search, as it signifies any number of characters. (Searches cannot start with a wildcard).
Search results will contain words starting with 'Pot' and ending in 'er', such as 'Potter'.
Joy McCullough writes books and plays from her home in the Seattle area, where she lives with her husband and two children. She studied theater at Northwestern University, fell in love with her husband atop a Guatemalan volcano, and now spends her days surrounded by books and kids and chocolate. Blood Water Paint is her debut novel. www.joymccullough.com @jmcwrites
Haunting ... [Blood Water Paint] does not read like historical fiction. It teems with raw emotion, and McCullough deftly captures the experience of learning to behave in a male-driven society and then breaking outside of it. --The New Yorker An impassioned, lushly described account of a young woman who refuses to dwell in secret shame. Blood Water Paint fits smoothly into the current conversation surrounding the #MeToo movement. --Chicago Tribune Coming out of the novel, I knew I would be haunted and empowered by Artemisia's story for the rest of my life. --Amanda Lovelace, bestselling author of the princess saves herself in this one Tragically relevant and unflinchingly feminist, Blood Water Paint is the kind of book all historical fiction should aspire to be. --Mackenzi Lee, New York Times bestselling author of The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue McCullough has managed to vividly capture a singularly brave, resilient feminist who became an icon during a time when women had almost no agency. Her story and the stunning verse through which it is told will resonate just as strongly with readers today. A captivating and impressive debut about a timeless heroine. --Booklist, starred review McCullough's beautifully crafted text will inspire upper-middle/high school readers to research the true story upon which this powerful piece of historical fiction is based. The poetry is clear and revelatory, exploring Artemisia's passion for both art and life. The expression of her intense feelings is gripping and her complexity of character make her a force to be reckoned with, both in her times and in ours. --SLJ, starred review A haunting, stirring depiction of an unforgettable woman, Artemisia's story will resonate deeply with readers today and beyond. --Publishers Weekly, starred review Luminous. --Shelf Awareness, starred review A visceral reminder that women have suffered and stood strong throughout time. --Mindy McGinnis, award-winning author of The Female of the Species. Both a grave reminder of how little has changed and a hopeful testament to how much more we might achieve, McCullough's debut is a must read. --Gae Polisner, author of The Memory of Things Blood Water Paint is a deftly layered portrait, at once intimate and universal. --Melanie Crowder, author of Audacity McCullough's stunning, immersive debut tells a timely story that's sure to stay with you long after you finish. --Buzzfeed Timeless and, alas, all too timely. --Kirkus [W]ill resonate with modern feminists. --BookPage McCullough's debut novel is one of a kind. ... [A] truly inspiring and impactful story. --Romatic Times Filled with hope and an important message that women's voices cannot be silenced. --Book Riot For lovers of writers like Laurie Halse Anderson and An Na. --Bustle A stunning portrait. -Bitch Can be inhaled in a day. -Paste Deeply moving... --Brit & Co This intensely passionate and powerful exploration of women's lives, stories, truths, and power is a masterpiece. --Teen Librarian Toolbox Amelia Bloomer Top Ten Booklist Editor's Choice Top of the List Boston Globe Best Books Book Page Best of the Year Bustle Best of the Year Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices List Globe and Mail 100: Favourite Books of the Year National Book Award Longlist Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association 2019 Book Award A Publishers Weekly Flying Start School Library Journal Best of the Year Shelf Awareness Best Children's & Teen Books of the Year Texas Tayshas Reading List YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults YALSA Teen's Top Ten Nominee YALSA William C. Morris Award Finalist