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About Jacqueline

Jacqueline West is the author of the award-winning middle grade series The Books of Elsewhere. The Books of Elsewhere, Volume One: The Shadows (2010) garnered starred reviews, several state award nominations, and a spot on the New York Times Bestsellers List. The series is published by Dial Books for Young Readers (a division of Penguin Random House) in the USA and will also be published in Italy, Spain, Greece, Turkey, Indonesia, Sweden, Norway, France, Germany, and Catalan.

Jacqueline's short fiction for adults and children has appeared in a variety of publications, and her poetry has received many honors, including two Pushcart nominations, a Rhysling Award nomination, and a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg prize. Cherma, her series of poems about Wisconsin's Bohemian immigrants, was published in March 2010 by the University of Wisconsin's Parallel Press chapbook series.

Jacqueline loves dogs of all shapes and sizes, is sadly allergic to cats (though she manages to write about them without developing a rash), and is at least a little bit afraid of all fish larger than a hot dog bun. If you are sharing a pizza, she will ask for the crust pieces. Don't get her talking about Kurt Vonnegut, Tori Amos, Northern Exposure, or Sylvia Plath, or you'll be sorry. Jacqueline lives amid the bluffs of Red Wing, Minnesota, with her husband and her dog, a Springer Spaniel mix named Brom Bones.

Contact Jacqueline with questions, comments, speaking invitations, etc. at: jacqueline@jacquelinewest.com.

Mail can be sent to:
Jacqueline West
P.O. Box 204
Red Wing, MN 55066

Jacqueline West is represented by Danielle Chiotti of Upstart Crow Literary.
The Books of Elsewhere are published in the US by Dial Books for Young Readers
The Books of Elsewhere are illustrated by Poly Bernatene

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Interviews

The Page 69 Test: The Strangers - A sample from Volume Four and some thoughts on themes - July 2013

Coffee with a Canine, Part 2: Brom Bones, Breakfast, and The Books of Elsewhere - July 2013

Middle Grade Ninja: 7 Questions for Author Jacqueline West - February 2013

The Other Side of the Story podcast, hosted by author Matt Myklusch - December 2012

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: Agents, awards, and best-seller lists - July 2012

Cracking the Cover: Exchanging music for writing - July 2012

The Enchanted Inkpot: Paintings, cats, and mathematicians - June 2012

Pots 'n Pens: Writing, recipes, and foodie/literary metaphors... September 2011

1 Bookshelf: "Jacqueline West's Bookshelf" - September 2011

Writing Raw: "The Seven Question Interview" - September 2011

Examiner: "Interview with Jacqueline West" - August 2011

Minneapolis Star Tribune: Must-Reads for Middle Schoolers - July 2011

The Word Asylum: Jacqueline's advice to young writers - July 2011

Coffee with a Canine: Writers. Dogs. Coffee. Love it. - July 2011

Minnesota Reads: "Six Questions We Always Ask" - March 2011

Cynsations: New Voice Interview - October 2010

Guide to Literary Agents Blog: "Seven Things I've Learned So Far" - September 2010

Daily Pie - June 2010

BookPage - June 2010

MBWCreates - May 19th, 2010

The Tuesday Visitor (Susan Colebank) - May 25th, 2010

Contact Jacqueline:   Email   •   Facebook   •   Goodreads

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© 2014 Jacqueline West

[A] delightful tale filled with magic, adventure, danger and all the usual challenges of growing up. Written for young readers and featuring charmingly simple illustrations, this will capture the interest of adults as well and leave fans looking for the next installment…

- Monsters and Critics

This is a charmer of a series filled with witches, magic, cats, and danger. Fans of the first novel in the series will be clamoring for this second one.

- Waking Brain Cells

West's writing takes you on a spin through the world of Elsewhere, and it is impossible to guess what will happen next, right up to the superb finale.

- Red Wing Republican Eagle

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