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Jennifer Donnelly - Author

About the Author

Jennifer Donnelly is a novelist and children’s book writer. She lives in Tivoli, NY with her husband, daughter and two fat rats, who were bought as dog substitutes when the family’s last greyhound went over the rainbow bridge, but have since become beloved pets in their own right…but still, it all feels a bit Addams family. As a child, Jennifer loved to write and often inflicted really dreadful poems and stories on her family and friends. She loved to read, too, and the high point of her grade-school week was a Saturday trip to the library...It still is. 

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Stepsister

Stepsister

Author: Jennifer Donnelly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/05/2019

'In an ancient city by the sea, three sisters - a maiden, a mother, and a crone - are drawing maps by candlelight. Sombre, with piercing grey eyes, they are the three Fates, and every map is a human life . . .' Stepsister takes up where Cinderella's tale ends. We meet Isabelle, the younger of Cinderella's two stepsisters. Ella is considered beautiful; stepsister Isabelle is not. Isabelle is fearless, brave, and strong-willed. She fences better than any boy, and takes her stallion over jumps that grown men fear to attempt. It doesn't matter, though; these qualities are not valued in a girl. Others have determined what is beautiful, and Isabelle does not fit their definition. Isabelle must face down the demons that drove her cruel treatment of Ella, challenge her own fate and maybe even redefine the very notion of beauty . . . Cinderella is about a girl who was bullied; Stepsister is about the bully. We all root for the victims, we want to see them triumph. But what about the bullies? Is there hope for them? Can a mean girl change? Can she find her own happily ever after?

Waterfire Saga: Sea Spell Book 4

Waterfire Saga: Sea Spell Book 4

Author: Jennifer Donnelly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2017

Six mermaids battle to save their hidden world in Disney's epic series finale for fans of Percy Jackson and The Girl of Ink & Stars. The mermaids prepare for war. The powerful Volneros is invading all the mer realms and in a foolish attempt to stop him, founding father Orfeo plans to unleash an ancient and dangerous monster from its icy prison. While Astrid faces her powerful ancestors to steal the black pearl talisman from Orfeo's stronghold, Ava must travel to the treacherous swamps of the Mississippi where the evil Okwa Naholo spirits kill with a single glance. In an epic battle, the Black Fin resistance, lead by Serafina, must defeat both Voleneros and Orfeo and prevent the destruction of their world.

Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book

Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book

Author: Jennifer Donnelly Format: eBook Release Date: 14/03/2017

HIDDEN IN THE BEAST'S LIBRARY IS A VERY MYSTERIOUS BOOK. BELLE IS ABOUT TO DISCOVER IT AND VISIT A GLITTERING NEW WORLD. BUT IS EVERYTHING IN THAT WORLD WHAT IT SEEMS? AND WILL BELLE BE ABLE TO FIND HER WAY HOME? OR WILL THE STORY TAKE HOLD OF HER-AND NEVER LET HER GO?SMART, BOOKISH BELLE, A CAPTIVE in the Beast's castle, has become accustomed to her new home and has befriended its inhabitants. When she comes upon Nevermore, an enchanted book unlike anything else she has seen in the castle, Belle finds herself pulled into its pages and transported to a world of glamour and intrigue. The adventures Belle has always imagined, the dreams she was forced to give up when she became a prisoner, seem within reach again.The charming and mysterious characters Belle meets within the pages of Nevermore offer her sparkling conversation, a life of dazzling Parisian luxury, and even a reunion she never thought possible. Here Belle can have everything she has ever wished for. But what about her friends in the Beast's castle? Can Belle trust her new companions inside the pages of Nevermore? Is Nevermore's world even real? Belle must uncover the truth about the book, before she loses herself in it forever.

Beauty And The Beast Deluxe Original Novel

Beauty And The Beast Deluxe Original Novel

Author: Jennifer Donnelly Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/01/2017

The Wild Rose

The Wild Rose

Author: Jennifer Donnelly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/10/2016

It is 1914 and World War I looms over Europe. In London Seamus Finnegan - a famous polar explorer - considers settling down and taking up a prestigious position with the Royal Geographical Society. Unfortunately, despite many eager women around him, no one is able to soothe the pain left in his heart by Willa Alden, a childhood sweetheart and fellow traveller, who after an accident on mount Kilimanjaro, disappeared into the Himalayan wilderness, refusing to see Seamus ever again. Seamus' family and friends doubt that he will be able to restrain his hunger for adventure and settle into the society life again, but just as he is to sign up for another mission in Antarctica he meets Jennie Wilcott, a beautiful and spirited young teacher. The passion that sparks between them is more than a mere fling and Seamus begins to believe that he could be happy in this new life with a steady job and a cosy home to come back to. But is this newly found happiness just a trick of his heart? Will his feelings for Jennie survive Willa's unexpected return to London to attend her father's funeral? Just as the moral and emotional dilemmas caused by Willa's reappearance begin to devour Seamus' short-lived bliss, war erupts, allowing him to escape the torments of his soul in the name of fighting for his country. But in a world ploughed by war, the past keeps resurfacing in the least expected places ... The Wild Rose, first published in 2011, is the last part of the acclaimed multi-generational saga by Jennifer Donnelly that began with The Tea Rose. Set against the turmoil of World War I and filled with thrilling twists and cliff-hangers The Wild Rose is a satisfying conclusion to an unforgettable trilogy.

The Winter Rose

The Winter Rose

Author: Jennifer Donnelly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/09/2016

When India Selwyn Jones graduates from medical school and sets off for her first job in a Whitechapel clinic, she is full of ideas on how to educate London's poorest inhabitants to the dangers of malnutrition and poor hygiene, saving them from their own ignorance. When the rough and dashing Sid Malone - head of `The Firm' and London's biggest criminal - becomes one of her patients, he begins to open her eyes to the realities of life in the East End, and how her simple ideas hold no water against the kind of grinding poverty that her clients face. India is torn in two, for she is engaged to the handsome, ambitious MP Freddy Lytton, and now the criminal Sid Malone has stolen her heart. But Freddy is very possessive when it comes to what he considers his, and will go to any length to keep India. Sid Malone, however, is not all that he seems, for he has a hidden past, and a family that desperately wants him back. His sister Fiona Bristow, a successful business woman and happily married to her childhood sweetheart Joe, hires a private detective in a bid to win her brother back, and to get him away from a life of crime. But as she gets nearer to his world, the ugliness of it breaks into her own, dragging her family and her marriage into dreadful danger. Just when it looks as though Sid might have a way out, and a chance at happiness with India, things go terribly, terribly wrong. The Winter Rose, second instalment of Jennifer Donnelly's acclaimed romance trilogy, is full of love, lust, and longing.

These Shallow Graves

These Shallow Graves

Author: Jennifer Donnelly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2016

A wealthy family. A deadly secret. A young woman with more to lose than she knows. Josephine Montfort is from one of New York's oldest, most respected, and wealthiest families. Like most well-off girls of the Gilded Age, her future looks set - after a finishing school education, she will be favourably married off to a handsome gentleman, after which she'll want for nothing. But Jo has other dreams and desires that make her long for a very different kind of future. She wants a more meaningful and exciting life: she wants to be an investigative journalist like her heroine Nellie Bly. But when Jo's father is found dead in his study after an alleged accident, her life becomes far more exciting than even Jo would wish. Unable to accept that her father could have been so careless, she begins to investigate his death with the help of a young reporter, Eddie Gallagher. It quickly becomes clear he was murdered, and in their race against time to discover the culprit and his motive, Jo and Eddie find themselves not only battling dark characters on the violent and gritty streets of New York, but also their growing feelings for each other.

Waterfire Saga: Dark Tide Book 3

Waterfire Saga: Dark Tide Book 3

Author: Jennifer Donnelly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/2016

Six mermaids battle to save their hidden world. Leaders of a resistance to the barbaric new regime, Serafina and Neela, are working hard to destabilise Vallerio, the new ruler of Cerulea. Becca, Ava and Ling are still hunting for their ancestors' talismans; the keys to keeping an ancient evil locked in its icy prison. Astrid finally returns home to Ondalina to find that all is not as she left it, and a sinister human with empty, black eyes offers her power she never dreamed of ... The third book in the Waterfire Saga.

The Tea Rose

The Tea Rose

Author: Jennifer Donnelly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/12/2015

It is 1888 and Jack The Ripper is stalking the streets of Whitechapel. For the people that live there, he is just one more adversary in their everyday battle to survive. Despite working long days at the tea factory, and the constant threat of the Ripper, Fiona Finnegan knows that her life is better than some. With a father in work, a roof over her head, enough to eat and a loving family to keep her warm, she is among `the respectable working poor.' And she also has Joe. Fiona and Joe Bristow have been sweethearts for as long as anyone can remember, and are saving up their meagre wages so that some day, they can open their very own shop. But things take a terrible turn for Fiona when events conspire to tear her, Joe and her family apart, and she finds herself alone in the world. The East End is a dangerous place to be alone, and the Ripper isn't the only one casting a dark shadow over her life. Somehow, she must escape, build a life for herself, and forget about Joe. But how can she? When Joe is the only man she has ever loved? The first instalment of Jennifer Donnelly's acclaimed romance trilogy, The Tea Rose will leave you breathless, exhilarated, and longing for more.

Strae der Schatten

Strae der Schatten

Author: Jennifer Donnelly Format: eBook Release Date: 09/11/2015

1890, New York City. Fur Josephine Montfort, die aus einer wohlhabenden New Yorker Handelsfamilie stammt, scheint das Leben vorgezeichnet: Nach der Schule eine arrangierte Ehe, Kinder und ein ruhiges, hausliches Leben. Aber Josephine hat andere Plane: Sie mochte als Journalistin auf das Leben der weniger Privilegierten aufmerksam machen. Doch eine Familientragodie reit sie jah aus ihren Traumen - ihr Vater stirbt zu Hause durch seine eigene Waffe. Josephine glaubt nicht an einen Unfall und der attraktive Journalist Eddie Gallagher bestarkt sie in ihrem Verdacht. Zu zweit beginnen sie eine Spurensuche, die sie in die zwielichtigsten und gefahrlichsten New Yorker Viertel fuhrt - und setzen dabei ihr eigenes Leben aufs Spiel ...

These Shallow Graves

These Shallow Graves

Author: Jennifer Donnelly Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/10/2015

A wealthy family. A deadly secret. A young woman with more to lose than she knows. Josephine Montfort is from one of New York's oldest, most respected, and wealthiest families. Like most well-off girls of the Gilded Age, her future looks set - after a finishing school education, she will be favourably married off to a handsome gentleman, after which she'll want for nothing. But Jo has other dreams and desires that make her long for a very different kind of future. She wants a more meaningful and exciting life: she wants to be an investigative journalist like her heroine Nellie Bly. But when Jo's father is found dead in his study after an alleged accident, her life becomes far more exciting than even Jo would wish. Unable to accept that her father could have been so careless, she begins to investigate his death with the help of a young reporter, Eddie Gallagher. It quickly becomes clear he was murdered, and in their race against time to discover the culprit and his motive, Jo and Eddie find themselves not only battling dark characters on the violent and gritty streets of New York, but also their growing feelings for each other.

These Shallow Graves

These Shallow Graves

Author: Jennifer Donnelly Format: eBook Release Date: 27/10/2015

From Jennifer Donnelly, the critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of A Northern Light and Revolution, comes a mystery about dark secrets, dirty truths, and the lengths to which people will go for love and revenge. For fans of Elizabeth George and Libba Bray, These Shallow Graves is the story of how much a young woman is willing to risk and lose in order to find the truth. Jo Montfort is beautiful and rich, and soonlike all the girls in her classshe'll graduate from finishing school and be married off to a wealthy bachelor. Which is the last thing she wants. Jo dreams of becoming a writera newspaper reporter like the trailblazing Nellie Bly. Wild aspirations aside, Jo's life seems perfect until tragedy strikes: her father is found dead. Charles Montfort shot himself while cleaning his pistol. One of New York City's wealthiest men, he owned a newspaper and was a partner in a massive shipping firm, and Jo knows he was far too smart to clean a loaded gun. The more Jo hears about her father's death, the more something feels wrong. Suicide is the only logical explanation, and of course people have started talking, but Jo's father would never have resorted to that. And then she meets Eddiea young, smart, infuriatingly handsome reporter at her father's newspaperand it becomes all too clear how much she stands to lose if she keeps searching for the truth. But now it might be too late to stop. The past never stays buried forever. Life is dirtier than Jo Montfort could ever have imagined, and this time the truth is the dirtiest part of all.Praise for These Shallow Graves:"e;These Shallow Graves delivered all that I adore: lovely prose, historical intrigue, unique characters and setting. I devoured this book!"e;-Ruta Sepetys, New York Times bestselling author of Between Shades of Gray and Out of the Easy"e;An intelligent, personable heroine-Jo Montfort's hopes for an enlightened future uncover a dark past, resulting in a splendidly hair-raising tour of the brightest and darkest corners of Victorian New York."e;-Elizabeth Wein, New York Times bestselling author of Code Name Verity and Black Dove, White Raven"e;A fast-paced Gilded Age crime thriller that plunges its intrepid investigative-journalist heroine into the sordid underworld of nineteenth-century New York City and into her own family's dark secrets."e;-Julie Berry, award-winning author of All the Truth That's In Me"e;Jo Montfort is a gutsy modern heroine in a beguiling tale of old New York. Money, murder, betrayal, and family secrets....I loved spending time in this world!"e;-Elizabeth Ross, author of William C. Morris Award finalist Belle Epoque[STAR] "e;Fast-paced and thrilling...a smart, insightful, timely depiction of a young woman poised on the brink of a new world after the shattering of another."e;-Booklist, Starred[STAR] "e;Action-packed chapters propel this compelling mystery...[and] the injustices Donnelly highlights remain all too relevant."e;-Publishers Weekly, Starred[STAR] "e;A riveting historical mystery-thriller...[that] succeeds as a wonderfully paced thriller, a heart-pounding romance and an unflinching look at the hard choices one young woman must make when society disparages her dreams."e;-Shelf Awareness, Starred"e;A beautifully written mystery."e;-School Library Journal"e;[A] fast-paced thriller...the story races to its surprising conclusion."e;-Kirkus Reviews"e;A heroine you can't help cheering on."e;-The Horn BookFrom the Hardcover edition.

Waterfire Saga, Book Three: Dark Tide

Waterfire Saga, Book Three: Dark Tide

Author: Jennifer Donnelly Format: eBook Release Date: 13/10/2015

Once a lost and confused princess, Serafina is now a confident leader of the Black Fin Resistance (BFR). While she works on sabotaging her enemy and enlisting allies for battle, her friends face challenges of their own. Ling is in the hold of Rafe Mfeme's giant trawler, on her way to a prison camp. Becca meets up with Astrid and learns why the Ondalinian mermaid is always so angry: she is hiding a shameful secret. Ava can't return home, because death riders await her arrival. And it is getting more and more difficult for Mahdi, Serafina's betrothed, to keep up the ruse that he is in love with Lucia Volerno. If Lucia's parents become suspicious, his life--and all of Sera's hopes--will be extinguished. Political intrigue, dangerous liaisons, and spine-tingling suspense swirl like a maelstrom in this penultimate book in the WaterFire saga.

Waterfire Saga: Rogue Wave Book 2

Waterfire Saga: Rogue Wave Book 2

Author: Jennifer Donnelly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2015

Six mermaids battle to save their hidden world. Serafina, Neela and four others have successfully escaped Captain Traho and his men after their hideout with the river witches was stormed. They must stop an ancient evil from escaping its icy prison by finding six talismans hidden by Serafina's ancestor hundreds of years before. With all the Mer nations looking for them and no clue where to start, will the mermaids find the talismans before the monster is released? The second book in the Waterfire Saga.

Waterfire Saga, Book Two: Rogue Wave

Waterfire Saga, Book Two: Rogue Wave

Author: Jennifer Donnelly Format: eBook Release Date: 06/01/2015

Serafina, Neela, Ling, Ava, Becca, and Astrid, six mermaids from realms scattered throughout the seas and freshwaters, were summoned by the leader of the river witches to learn an incredible truth: the mermaids are direct descendants of the Six Who Ruled-powerful mages who once governed the lost empire of Atlantis. The ancient evil that destroyed Atlantis is stirring again, and only the mermaids can defeat it. To do so, they need to find magical talismans that belonged to the Six. Serafina believes her talisman was buried with an old shipwreck. While researching its location, she is almost discovered by a death rider patrol led by someone familiar. . . . The pain of seeing him turned traitor is devastating.Neela travels to Matali to warn her parents of the grave threat facing their world. But they find her story outlandish; a sign that she needs to be confined to her chamber for rest and recovery. She escapes and travels to Kandina, where her talisman is in the possession of fearsome razormouth dragons. As they hunt for their talismans, both Serafina and Neela find reserves of courage and cunning they didn't know they possessed. They face down danger and death, only to endure a game-changing betrayal, as shocking as a rogue wave.

Waterfire Saga: Deep Blue Book 1

Waterfire Saga: Deep Blue Book 1

Author: Jennifer Donnelly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/12/2014

When Serafina, a mermaid of the Mediterranean Sea, awakens on the morning of her betrothal, her biggest worry should be about reuniting with handsome Prince Mahdi, her childhood crush. Instead she finds herself haunted by strange dreams foretelling the return of an ancient evil, and dealing with the deaths of her parents as assassins storm the betrothal ceremony, plunging the city into chaos. Led only by her shadowy dreams and pursued by the invading army, Serafina and her best friend Neela embark on a quest to avenge her parents' death and prevent a war between the mer nations. In the process they discover a plot that threatens their - and our - world's very existence.