Never Say A Mean Word Again: A Tale from Medieval Spain, written by Jacqueline Jules, was released in May 2014 and received a starred review in Publishers Weekly. Never Say a Mean Word Again is the compelling tale of two boys trying to settle their differences. Based on a powerful legend from medieval Spain, its message of a peaceful solution is as appropriate today as ever. The book, illustrated by Durga Yael Bernhard, takes a light-hearted look at the very serious issue of conflict resolution among children and illustrates how friendship and kindness can help settle some disputes.
“Jules’s down-to-earth narrative communicates Samuel’s subtle internal transformation as the unexpected, amusing, and touching outcomes of his attempts to obey his father turn a power struggle into a budding friendship. . . . Bernhard’s illustrations convey an elegant, multicultural castle environment. Energy and movement infuse the paintings.” -- Publishers Weekly, Starred Review.
" A moral tale of friendship, Never Say a Mean Word Again: A Tale from Medieval Spain, has an admirable story guided by marvelous illustrations that will inspire children and adults.” -- Foreword Reviews.