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Jo Knowles

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Hi! I'm the author of Living With Jackie Chan, See You At Harry's, Pearl, Jumping Off Swings, and Lessons From A Dead Girl. If you'd like to purchase one of my books, please consider doing so through a local independent bookseller. You can find one near you by going to and asking them to order a copy if they don't have the one you'd like in stock. Or, you can ask your local library to purchase a book if they don't already carry the one you're looking for. Thanks for shopping local! :-)

Hello and welcome to Week #3 of Teachers Write! I hope you're all having a wonderful time writing and creating and thinking and learning. I know I have!

Today I want to talk about moments of clarity. Moments of realization. In real life, these can come like a slap to the forehead, or sometimes more deeply, like a fist to the heart. I'm going to give an example.

Last week, my son and I spent five... Read more of this blog post »
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Average rating: 3.89 · 14,616 ratings · 2,240 reviews · 7 distinct works · Similar authors
See You at Harry's
4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 5,464 ratings — published 2012 — 15 editions
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Lessons from a Dead Girl
3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 4,077 ratings — published 2007 — 5 editions
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Jumping Off Swings (Jumping...
3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 3,392 ratings — published 2009 — 4 editions
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Living with Jackie Chan (Ju...
4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 292 ratings — published 2013 — 4 editions
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Read Between the Lines
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Jumping Off Swings (2 books)
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" Wow. This was an amazing book! It was sort of Da Vinci Code-esque but for a YA market. It had a fantastic mythology and a very detailed, well-crafted plot. There were lots of plot twists, betrayals and 'oh no!' moments. I loved it! I wanted even m... " Read more of this review »
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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 stretch my fingers across my belly and glide my hand back and forth, waving softly. Sometimes I think I feel a hand reaching out for mine. Or it could be a foot, kicking my hand away. I wish I could tell the difference.”
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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message 11: by Jo

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

Thanks so much, Charlie!! :-)

message 10: by Charlie

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 B 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 B 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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