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Jo Knowles

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Hi! I'm the author of Still A Work In Progress, Read Between The Lines, Living With Jackie Chan, See You At Harry's, Pearl, Jumping Off Swings, and Lessons From A Dead Girl. I'm available for school, library and book club visits either in person or via skype. For more info, please visit Thanks! :-)

Several of you know, I spent a week on a "Mission Trip" with 21 youth and five other adults doing volunteer work for three organizations: Habitat for Humanity (, New Reach (, And CCA ( All three organizations help provide housing for those in need, many for women in crisis, along with their children. At the end of the day, I tried to jot down a few... Read more of this blog post »
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See You at Harry's

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Lessons from a Dead Girl

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Jumping Off Swings (Jumping...

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“We only hate what we don't understand.”
Jo Knowles, Lessons from a Dead Girl

“I have this friend, Jake," Mr. Mitchell says, sitting on the edge of his desk. "One day, I needed a favor. It wasn't a big favor, but I called him and told him I needed something. Know what he said?"
We shake our heads.
"He said, 'Sure.' Before he eve knew what i was going to ask him. You know why?"
We shake our heads again.
"Because he trusted me not to ask him to do something he couldn't or wouldn't want to do. He knew that whatever i asked for, he would help me simply because he was my friend and I needed help. That's true friendship.”
Jo Knowles, Lessons from a Dead Girl

“I'm lying in my room listening to the birds outside. I used to think they sang because they were happy. But then I learned on a nature show they're really showing off. Trying to lure in some other bird so they can mate with it. Or let the other birds know not to get too close to their turf. I wish I never watched that show, because now all I think about is what those pretty sounds mean. And how they're not pretty at all.”
Jo Knowles, Jumping Off Swings


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message 16: by Sandra

Sandra Thanks for friending me! You're awesome!! :)

Christine Hatfield thanks for being my friend

message 14: by Pamela

Pamela Good Morning Jo...Thanks for accepting my friendship.

message 13: by Katrina

Katrina Burchett thanks for accepting my friend request, Jo :)

message 12: by Bradley

Bradley I hope you are having a good day! =)

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Jo Charlie wrote: "Good reviews so far!!! Starting it today!"

Thanks so much, Charlie!! :-)

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Charlie Schnell Good reviews so far!!! Starting it today!

message 9: by Chase

Chase Von Thanks for the add and great web page:)

Going to have to visit that again sometime soon:)

Hoping this finds you and yours well and thanks for the connect:)


Chase Von:)

message 8: by Devyn

Devyn Jo, Jo, Jo--I just can't WAIT for Jumping Off Swings! =]

message 7: by Kelly

Kelly hello jo! :)

Vivian Jo,

Your book was terrific!


Vivian Hi Jo,

Thanks for adding me. I'm finally getting a chance to read your book. (I had to return the copy I took out at the library last month because I didn't have time to read it.) I just ordered myself a copy from ;)


message 4: by Rita

Rita After seeing Morgan's review I knew I had to read your book Lessons from a Dead Girl. I also loved it! - Looking forward to Jumping Off Swings.

message 3: by Devyn

Devyn Jo you are amazing, I added the Faerie Drink review on here... =)

message 2: by Jo

Jo THANKS Morgan!!!



Morgan I LOVED your book LESSONS FROM A DEAD GIRL. Fantastic YA fiction. Very believable fiction. One of my favorite YA books of '07!

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