Jo Whittemore - Novelist

 

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D is for Drama (August 2012)
Publisher - Aladdin MIX
ISBN: 1442441526
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Sunny Kim is done with one-line roles at Carnegie Arts Academy, but even with an acting coach, she doesn’t snag the lead in Mary Poppins. Desperate for a solution, Sunny convinces the school to let her produce a one-woman show…which other rejected kids soon beg to join. Before long, Sunny is knee-deep in curtains and catfights as her one-woman show turns into the hit musical Wicked. Can the show come together in time for opening night?

"Sunny, her best girlfriend, an overweight but very able actress, the school clown, and several others prove themselves in this galloping plot..."--Booklist

Odd Girl In (March 2011)
Publisher - Aladdin MIX
ISBN: 1442412844
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Alexis "Alex" Evins is a first-class prankster. When she plays a particularly disastrous prank (hair + fire=bad), her dad sends Alex (and her older brothers) to a character-building after-school program. There, the Evins siblings are faced with the ultimate test of teamwork, leadership, and responsibility. Can the "Evil Evins" pass the course in one piece, or are they destined for an epic fail?

"...witty, laugh-out-loud romp. Whittemore handles not only the comedy but deftly portrays Alex’s and her brothers’ advancement into a more mature state of mind. It should keep middle-schoolers laughing from start to finish. Funny and perky."--Kirkus

"Secondary characters have surprising depth. There’s plenty of humor along the way to redemption and healing as Alex and her brothers learn to work as a team and as a family."--School Library Journal

Front Page Face-Off (March 2010)
Publisher - Aladdin MIX
ISBN: 1416991697
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As one of the top reporters at Brighton Junior Academy, twelve-year-old Delilah James is on her way to becoming a Junior Global Journalist until an international rival steals her spotlight...and her crush. Will Delilah manage to be a Junior Global Journalist and win back the boy, or will she find herself to be yesterday's news?

"The quick-witted banter and discussion of such issues as breaking gender stereotypes should resonate with older readers..."--Publishers Weekly

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Escape From Arylon (March 2006)
Publisher - Flux
ISBN: 0738708690
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Megan and Ainsley, who have lived next door to each other their whole lives, stumble upon a neighbor who is performing strange magic and find themselves transported into a land of fantasy.

"The book ends with a dramatic cliffhanger that will leave most readers wanting to read on to discover Megan and Ainsley's fate."--VOYA

"Readers will enjoy the bloodless action sequences and following Megan's and Ainsley's discovery of the magic within themselves. An enjoyable read"--School Library Journal

"Jo Whittemore creates likeable and intriguing characters and a fun and fantastic fantasy world.
The cliffhanger ending will have readers eagerly anticipating the second book in the trilogy"
--Greg Leitich Smith, Ninjas, Piranhas and Galileo; Tofu & T. Rex


"Jo Whittemore blends fiction and fantasy to tell a thrilling young adult adventure."--Audrey magazine


Curse of Arastold (July 2006)
Publisher - Flux
ISBN: 0738709174
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Megan and Ainsley are ready to say goodbye to the magic-infused land of Arylon and journey back to Earth, but their trip is postponed when Ainsley comes down with a serious illness linked to cursed dragon's blood.


Onaj's Horn (May 2007)
Publisher - Flux
ISBN: 073871125X
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Before Megan and Ainsley return to Earth, a dark mage uses the power of a unicorn's horn to entrance the people of Arylon to do his bidding. Will the heroes figure out what it takes to break the spell before it's too late?


I'm also featured in the Dear Teen Me anthology!

Dear Teen Me (October 2012)
Publisher - Zest Books
ISBN: 1936976218
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In Dear Teen Me, some of your favorite YA authors share crossroads moments from their own young lives, and offer advice to their teenage selves. Whether you hung out with the theater kids, the band geeks, the bad boys, the good girls, the loners, the jocks, or the nerds, you’ll find friends -- and a lot of familiar faces -- in the course of this enlightening book.





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