Jennifer Donnelly

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Jennifer Donnelly is the author of twelve novels -Stepsister, Lost in a Book, These Shallow Graves, Sea Spell, Dark Tide, Rogue Wave, Deep Blue, Revolution, A Northern Light, The Tea Rose, The Winter Rose and The Wild Rose - and Humble Pie, a picture book for children. She is a co-author of Fatal Throne, which explores the lives of King Henry VIII's six wives, for which she wrote the part of Anna of Cleves, Henry's fourth wife.

She grew up in New York State, in Lewis and Westchester counties, and attended the University of Rochester where she majored in English Literature and European History.

Jennifer’s first novel, The Tea Rose, an epic historical novel set in London and New York in the late 19th century, was called “exquisite” by Booklist, “so much fu

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Jennifer Donnelly At the moment I'm too busy with middle grade and young adult, but I do hope to write more novels for adults again!
Jennifer Donnelly Hi Jamie,

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And as for Writer's Block -- I don't believe in it. If I get stuck,…more
Hi Jamie,

Thank you! Here's the answer to your first question:

And as for Writer's Block -- I don't believe in it. If I get stuck, I know it means I haven't thought hard enough about a particular problem. At that point, I leave my computer screen, get paper and a pen, and start writing out questions. Like, Why is this scene boring? Why is this character flat? Or even, Why does this chapter stink? The answers start coming....kind of like from a Ouija board...and eventually I see what's wrong and get myself unstuck. Hope that helps! (less)
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A Northern Light

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Deep Blue (Waterfire Saga, #1)

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These Shallow Graves

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Stepsister is Nominated for a Carnegie Award!

Big news! I am thrilled to announce that Stepsister, my new novel that explores the true meaning of beauty, has been nominated for a Carnegie Medal! This is the UK’s prestigious young-adult literature award and it’s very special to me — I won it several years ago for A Northern Light (A Gathering Light in the UK), and it has been on display in my office ever since! Thank you to the award committee, and congrat...

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Big news! I am thrilled to announce that Stepsister, my new novel that explores the true meaning of beauty, has been nominated for a Carnegie Medal... Read more of this blog post »
Jennifer Donnelly and 7 other people liked Shanleigh's review of Stepsister:
Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly
"Exquisite writing. Characters who are honest, heartbreaking, frustrating, and spectacular. And a touch of magic to keep it all together.

I feel like I've been on a journey. What an exceptional first book of the year. "
Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly
" ... and what an exceptional first review of the year for my brand-new book! Thank you, Shanleigh. Isabelle -- and her story -- are very close to my he ...more "
" The results are in: Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book took third place in the Middle Grade category - right behind the mighty Rick Riordan! THANK YOU!! And con ...more "
Beauty and the Beast by Jennifer Donnelly
Beauty and the Beast by Jennifer Donnelly
"I have to start with nostalgia.

My first princess was, admittedly, Aurora. She was followed by Cinderella and Snow White. In the 1980s, there were only those three until Ariel graced the screens in 1989. Finally, Belle arrived in a swir..." Read more of this review »
Beauty and the Beast by Jennifer Donnelly
"Oh.... Oh my gosh.

Astonishing! This has got to be the best retelling I have EVER read. I am in tears.
This book was phenomenal! All retellings I have ever read tend to plat close to the chest and not change very much... or change it all together so the orig..." Read more of this review »
" Sorry Georgia and Carol -- I should have made clear that this is a US and Canada giveaway only! (I edited the post to say so ...) "
" Syd wrote: "This book was amazing. I have read both A Northern Light and Revolution and I am excited to read you Tea Rose series next. Thank you for s ...more "
More of Jennifer's books…
“Together in our house, in the firelight, we are the world made small.”
Jennifer Donnelly, Revolution

“Right now I want a word that describes the feeling that you get--a cold sick feeling, deep down inside--when you know something is happening that will change you, and you don't want it to, but you can't stop it. And you know, for the first time, for the very first time, that there will now be a before and an after, a was and a will be. And that you will never again quite be the same person you were.”
Jennifer Donnelly, A Northern Light

“Life’s all about the revolution, isn’t it? The one inside, I mean. You can’t change history. You can’t change the world. All you can ever change is yourself.”
Jennifer Donnelly, Revolution


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The Tea Rose (The Tea Rose, #1) by Jennifer Donnelly
The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly
East London, 1888 - a city apart. A place of shadow and light where thieves, whores, and dreamers mingle, where children play in the cobbled streets by day and a killer stalks at night, where bright hopes meet the darkest truths. Here, by the whispering waters of the Thames, Fiona Finnegan, a worker in a tea factory, hopes to own a shop one day, together with her lifelong love, Joe Bristow, a costermonger's son. With nothing but their faith in each other to spur them on, Fiona and Joe struggle, save, and sacrifice to achieve their dreams.
But Fiona's life is shattered when the actions of a dark and brutal man take from her nearly everything-and everyone-she holds dear. Fearing her own death, she is forced to flee London for New York. There, her indomitable spirit propels her rise from a modest West Side shop-front to the top of Manhattan's tea trade. But Fiona's old ghosts do not rest quietly, and to silence them, she must venture back to the London of her childhood, where a deadly confrontation with her past becomes the key to her future.
  32 votes 38.1%

The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb A Novel by Melanie Benjamin
The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb: A Novel by Melanie Benjamin
In her national bestseller Alice I Have Been, Melanie Benjamin imagined the life of the woman who inspired Alice in Wonderland. Now, in this jubilant new novel, Benjamin shines a dazzling spotlight on another fascinating female figure whose story has never fully been told: a woman who became a nineteenth century icon and inspiration—and whose most daunting limitation became her greatest strength.

“Never would I allow my size to define me. Instead, I would define it.”

She was only two-foot eight-inches tall, but her legend reaches out to us more than a century later. As a child, Mercy Lavinia “Vinnie” Bump was encouraged to live a life hidden away from the public. Instead, she reached out to the immortal impresario P. T. Barnum, married the tiny superstar General Tom Thumb in the wedding of the century, and transformed into the world’s most unexpected celebrity.

Here, in Vinnie’s singular and spirited voice, is her amazing adventure—from a showboat “freak” revue where she endured jeering mobs to her fateful meeting with the two men who would change her life: P. T. Barnum and Charles Stratton, AKA Tom Thumb. Their wedding would captivate the nation, preempt coverage of the Civil War, and usher them into the White House and the company of presidents and queens. But Vinnie’s fame would also endanger the person she prized most: her similarly-sized sister, Minnie, a gentle soul unable to escape the glare of Vinnie’s spotlight.

A barnstorming novel of the Gilded Age, and of a woman’s public triumphs and personal tragedies, The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb is the irresistible epic of a heroine who conquered the country with a heart as big as her dreams—and whose story will surely win over yours.
  17 votes 20.2%

Rock Me (Ross Siblings, #2) by Cherrie Lynn
Rock Me by Cherrie Lynn
Loving him couldn’t be worse than losing him. Could it?

Candace Andrews has had enough of pleasing others. In an act of birthday rebellion, she sets out to please herself—by walking into the tattoo parlor owned by her cousin’s ex-boyfriend. All she wants is a little ink, and Brian’s just the guy to give it to her.

As soon as she submits to his masterful hands, though, the forbidden attraction she’s always felt for him resurfaces…and she realizes the devilishly sexy artist could give her so much more.

Sweet, innocent Candace is the last person Brian expected to see again. She’s everything he’s not, and her family despises him. He doesn’t need the hassle, but he needs her, and this time no one is taking her away. Not even those who threaten to make his life a living hell.

Backed into a corner, Candace faces the worst kind of choice. Cave in to those who think Brian is a living nightmare…or hold her ground and risk it all for the one man who rocks her world.

Warning: This book contains explicit sex, naughty language, tattoos aplenty, family drama, a hot rock concert…and a bad boy hero who’s pierced in all the right places.
  17 votes 20.2%

Low Pressure by Sandra Brown
Low Pressure by Sandra Brown
Bellamy Lyston Price was only 12 years old when her older sister Susan was killed on a stormy Memorial Day. Bellamy's fear of storms is a legacy of the tornado that destroyed the crime scene as well as her memory of one vital fact that still eludes her...

Now, 18 years later, Bellamy has written a novel based on Susan's murder. It's her first book, and it's an instant sensation. But because the novel is based on the most traumatic event of her life, she's published it under a pseudonym to protect herself and her family.

But when a sleazy reporter for a tabloid newspaper discovers that the book is based on a real crime, Bellamy's identity - and dark family secrets -- are exposed. Suddenly, she finds herself embroiled in a personal conflict and at the mercy of her sister's killer, who for almost two decades has gotten away with murder...and will stop at nothing to keep it that way.
  11 votes 13.1%

The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher
The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher
Olivia Kaspen has just discovered that her ex-boyfriend, Caleb Drake, has lost his memory. With an already lousy reputation for taking advantage of situations, Olivia must decide how far she is willing to go to get Caleb back. Wrestling to keep her true identity and their sordid past under wraps, Olivia’s greatest obstacle is Caleb’s wicked, new girlfriend; Leah Smith. It is a race to the finish as these two vipers engage in a vicious tug of war to possess a man who no longer remembers them. But, soon enough Olivia must face the consequences of her lies, and in the process discover that sometimes love falls short of redemption.
  7 votes 8.3%

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