• 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 Martin Bridge:

    Martin Bridge is a big fan of Zip Rideout, a cartoon astronaut superhero. He eats Zip Rideout Space Flakes every morning and watches Zip's television show every afternoon. He also enjoys launching model rockets, squirting Faster Blasters and humming Zip's theme song. The trouble with Martin's world is that these routine things often go wrong. Yet through it all, Martin discovers that he is so much more than his superhero.

    To date, over 150,000 Martin Bridge books have been sold across Canada, the United States and Australia.

    About The Lobster Chronicles:

    Graeme Swinimer knows every nook and cranny of his fishing community of Lower Narrow Spit. What's left for a future marine biologist to discover? But when Graeme's dad catches a gargantuan lobster with antennae the size of bicycle spokes, the discovery soon has the whole town abuzz.

    Lower the Trap, A Narrow Escape and Spit Feathers are the three installments in The Lobster Chronicles, a trilogy about how life changes for three boys in a small coastal town when a giant lobster is caught in a trap. 

    About The Spotted Dog Last Seen:

    Derek Knowles-Collier isn't happy about having to do repair duty at the old cemetery for his grade-six community service project. But when it rains, the lessons take place in a nearby library, which means he can avoid the cemetery altogether, at least for now. One day, a mystery novel arrives with a secret code penciled inside. It leads Derek to a time capsule filled with clues that may finally put his haunting past to rest.

    About The Missing Dog is Spotted:

    Trevor Tower doesn't mind being short until he's assigned dog-walking duties with Loyola Louden, the tallest girl in class. But the dogs are a wonderful distraction, and so even before Trevor and Loyola vow to solve the mystery of a missing dog that may or may not exist, they become friends despite their differences. This is the standalone sequel to The Spotted Dog is Missing.


    Publications
    • The Missing Dog is Spotted, Groundwood, 2015

    • The Spotted Dog Last Seen, Groundwood, 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