Jennifer represents authors, illustrators, and author-illustrators who bring a distinct point of view to their work, and who tell stories with multiple layers. In middle grade and YA both, her heart beats faster for stories that cascade from a mind-expanding premise. She also loves survival stories and losing herself in Dickensian sagas (WOLVES OF WILLOUGHBY CHASE!), and enjoys watching characters puzzle their way through problems. She has a special soft spot for middle grade about resilient kids sorting out the messiness of life.
Jennifer has worked previously as an editor at Dutton Children's Books and as a Books for Youth staff reviewer at Booklist. Two fun facts: she spent a summer giving tours at Emily Dickinson’s house, and has a coauthor credit in THE OFFICIAL EASY-BAKE OVEN COOKBOOK. Jennifer is based in Chicago, where, when not reading, she spends her free time in dance classes or jogging the lakefront.
Kate Hannigan’s THREE BLIPS ON A SCREEN, the story of Ralph Baer, a Jewish refugee from Nazi Germany who moved to the U.S. and invented home videogaming, pitched as a biography for the Fortnite and Nintendo Switch generation. Sold to Knopf/PRH.
Author of RAIN! and WILLIAM’S WINTER NAP Linda Ashman’s verse picture book, FIRE CHIEF FRAN, a gentle, rhyming look at a female fire chief’s varied responsibilities in her small community (up to and including putting out actual fires!). Sold to Astra.
Brian Gehrlein's THIS IS NOT A SLEEPY BEAR BOOK, about an owl narrator who tries to usher a bear into hibernation but is thwarted by a series of amusing and unexpected interruptions. Sold to Little, Brown.
Karol Hernandez's debut LA CHIVA: COLORFUL BUS OF THE ANDES, a rhythmic story in verse from the point of view of a chiva, one of the gaily painted buses common in Colombia and other South American countries, as it transports villagers through the mountains to the marketplace. Sold to Dial.
THINGS I LOVE:
Dickens and Trollope