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Jessica Rinker is also known as Jess Rinker.

Jessica Rinker's debut picture book biography, GLORIA TAKES A STAND, comes out March 12, 2019 from Bloomsbury Children's Books.

Jess also writes middle grade and her debut novel THE DARE SISTERS comes out Fall 2020 and Fall 2021 from Macmillan/Imprint. 

Jess got her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts and works for Wild River Publishing as a developmental editor and writing coach. She has won many awards for her work including short story, creative nonfiction, and most recently an honorable mention for the Katherine Patterson Prize from Hunger Mountain for her middle grade novel THE YOUNG TRAVELERS CLUB.

Currently she lives in New Jersey in a tiny town al
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Jessica Rinker I began reading Gloria's most recent memoir My Life on the Road, which intrigued me because I had no idea she'd traveled with her family so extensivel…moreI began reading Gloria's most recent memoir My Life on the Road, which intrigued me because I had no idea she'd traveled with her family so extensively as a child. That drew me in and then her writing completely captivated me as well, so I read more books by her! Eventually the idea of a picture book came out of my already devoted learning, which is why I felt it was a story I had write. I admire her work and life tremendously and I want young readers to see how a lifetime of listening to others' stories is so important to any social change. (less)
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Catherine Stine Hi JM!
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