• Biography

    Jessica grew up on the Canadian prairies, and although she enjoyed school, she had a terrible secret. She was a horrible speller. This made it tough because she really liked to write. It turns out that a lot of writers can't spell, and Jessica figured this out when she got her first award for creative writing, back in grade three. On the trophy, her writing teacher had misspelled her name! Since then, Jessica has tried, as much as she can, to write about experiences she finds funny, like that one.

    Today, she lives with her family and their pet tortoise in downtown Halifax in a house so old the floors slope, and all the marbles end up in one corner. They like to share outdoor adventures, such as a jungle trek in Costa Rica and sailing in Croatia and the British Virgin Isles. In addition to writing, Jessica has managed galleries, dance schools and museums, and she has worked with artists, performers and curators. Unfortunately, her spelling has not improved!

     

    About her new novel, The Things Owen Wrote:

    Owen has always done well, even without trying that hard. But then he makes a big mistake that, if discovered, will greatly disappoint his family.A last-minute trip to Iceland, just Owen and his granddad, seems like the perfect way out. For Owen’s granddad, the trip is about paying tribute to a friend with Icelandic roots, as well as seeing lava fields, glaciers and geysers. But Owen has a more urgent reason for going: he must get back the notebook his granddad accidentally sent to the Iceland archive. He can’t let anyone read the things he wrote in it!

    A review by Kirkus describes this novel as one of love, loss, and self-fulfilment, a tender and affecting coming-of age story with fully realized characters.

     

     

     

    Publications
    • The Things Owen Wrote, Groundwood Books, 2017. ISBN 9781773060293

    • The Missing Dog is Spotted, Groundwood Books, 2015. ISBN 9781554987269

    • The Spotted Dog Last Seen, Groundwood Books, 2013. ISBN: 978-1-55498-387-2

    • Spit Feathers: The Lobster Chronicles, Kids Can Press, 2013.ISBN 978-1-55453-708-2

    • A Narrow Escape: The Lobster Chronicles, Kids Can Press, 2013. ISBN9781554536429

    • Lower the Trap: The Lobster Chronicles, Kids Can Press, 2012. ISBN9781554535767

    • Martin Bridge: Onwards and Upwards!, Kids Can Press, 2009. ISBN 978-1-55453-160-8

    • Martin Bridge: The Sky's the Limit!, Kids Can Press, 2008. ISBN 978-1-55453-158-5

    • Martin Bridge: In High Gear!, Kids Can Press, 2008. ISBN 978-1-55453-156-1

    • Martin Bridge: Out of Orbit!, Kids Can Press, 2007. ISBN 978-1554531486

    • Martin Bridge: Sound the Alarm!, Kids Can Press, 2007. ISBN 978-1553379768

    • Martin Bridge: Blazing Ahead!, Kids Can Press, 2006. ISBN 1553379616.

    • Martin Bridge: On the Lookout!, Kids Can Press, 2005. IBSN 1553377737

    • Martin Bridge: Ready for Takeoff!, Kids Can Press, 2005. ISBN 1553377729

    Awards
    • The Spotted Dog Last Seen has received the following nominations and/or recognition:

      • Shortlisted for the Rocky Mountain Book Award, 2015
      • Shortlisted for the Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award for 2015
      • Shortlisted for the John Spray Mystery Award, 2014
      • Shortlisted for the Book of the Year for Children Award by the Canadian Library Association, 2014
      • New York Public Library's Top 100 Children's Books for 2013
    • Martin Bridge: The Sky's the Limit! has recieved the following nominations and/or recognition:
      • Best of 2009, Resource Links (Canada's national journal devoted to the evaluation of Canadian resources for children and young adults)

      • Best Books of Exceptional Caliber, Canadian Children's Book Centre, 2009

    • Martin Bridge: In High Gear! has recieved the following nominations and/or recognition:
    • The Spotted Dog is Missing has received the following nominations and/or recognition:
      • Nominated for the 2009-2010 Hackmatack Award (Nova Scotia Children's Choice Award).

      • Best Books of Exceptional Caliber, Canadian Children's Book Centre, 2009

      • Junior Library Guild Premier Selection Awards, Spring 2008.

    • Martin Bridge: Ready for Takeoff! has received the following nominations and/or recognition:
      • Nominated for the 2007 Pennsylvania Young Readers' Choice Award.

      • New York City Public Library's selection for "Top Books of 2005".

      • The Horn Book's "The Best of 2005".

      • 2006 Notable Books List by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), American Library Association.

      • Nominated for the 2007 Hackmatack Award (Nova Scotia Children's Choice Award).

      • Nominated for the 2007 Willow Award (Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice).

      • Nominated for the 2008 Beverly Cleary Children's Choice Award.

    • Martin Bridge: On the Lookout! has received the following nominations and/or recognition:
      • Nominated for the 2007 Gate City Book Award (by the New Hampshire school library media specialists).

    • Martin Bridge: Blazing Ahead! has received the following nominations and/or recognition:
    • Martin Bridge: Blazing Ahead! has received the following nominations and/or recognition:
      • Nominated for the 2008 Hackmatack Award (Nova Scotia Children's Choice Award).

    • Martin Bridge: Out of Orbit! Has received the following nominations and/or recognition:
      • Best Books of Exceptional Caliber, Canadian Children's Book Centre, 2008