Jean Ferris


Born
January 24, 1939

Died
October 30, 2015

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This author is not afraid to tackle difficult subjects: living with a deaf parent (Of Sound Mind), facing the consequences of a criminal act (Bad), or questioning one's sexuality (Eight Seconds). But Jean Ferris is also adept at writing comedy, historical fiction, and romance. What's most interesting is that she didn't publish her first novel until she was in her mid-40s. Yet she's never forgotten the intense feelings and changes of her own teenage years. Critics as well as teen readers have seen the evidence of that in her writing and have honored her novels with a number of awards, from Best Books for Young Adults to various state and National Book Award nominations.

Average rating: 3.95 · 31,518 ratings · 2,675 reviews · 26 distinct worksSimilar authors
Once Upon a Marigold (Upon ...

3.99 avg rating — 22,327 ratings — published 2002 — 19 editions
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Twice Upon a Marigold (Upon...

3.79 avg rating — 4,592 ratings — published 2008 — 9 editions
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Love Among the Walnuts

3.96 avg rating — 1,389 ratings — published 1998 — 9 editions
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Of Sound Mind

3.85 avg rating — 729 ratings — published 2001 — 8 editions
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Thrice Upon a Marigold (Upo...

3.86 avg rating — 686 ratings — published 2013 — 6 editions
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Bad

3.71 avg rating — 325 ratings — published 1998 — 5 editions
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Much Ado About Grubstake

3.77 avg rating — 277 ratings — published 2006 — 4 editions
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Eight Seconds

3.65 avg rating — 231 ratings — published 2000 — 4 editions
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Into the Wind (American Dre...

4.25 avg rating — 212 ratings — published 1996 — 3 editions
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Weather the Storm (American...

4.37 avg rating — 180 ratings — published 1996 — 2 editions
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“And they lived happily (aside from a few normal disagreements, misunderstandings, pouts, silent treatments, and unexpected calamities) ever after.”
Jean Ferris, Twice Upon a Marigold

“I'm starting to believe that happily ever after includes people doing things that upset each other. We all get cranky, or impatient, or worried, or careless enough to do or say things that hurt someone else. Like it or not, that's normal. We can't blame it all on Olympia's bad energy. The important part is that we feel sorry about what we've done and make up for it. That's something Olympia never did.”
Jean Ferris, Twice Upon a Marigold

“Secrets have a way of making themselves felt, even before you know there's a secret.”
Jean Ferris, Once Upon a Marigold

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