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Name:  Jacquelyn Mitchard  

Pen Name: none


Audience: Adult; Young Adult; Children;

Born: December 10, 1955 in Chicago, Illinois

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Jacquelyn is a native of the west side of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Jacquelyn Mitchard is the author of the best-selling novel ''The Deep End of the Ocean'', which was the first selection for Oprah's Book Club. It was also named as one of the ten most influential books of the past 25 years in 2007 and was made into a film that starred Michelle Pfeiffer and Treat Williams in 1999. ''The Deep End of the Ocean'' has been Mitchard's only #1 New York Times Bestseller - for 21 weeks in 1996. But, all of her other novels have been bestsellers as well as garnering critical acclaim - particularly for ''The Most Wanted'', ''Cage of Stars'' and ''The Breakdown Lane''. ''The Most Wanted'' was nominated for Britain's Orange Prize for Fiction and ''Cage of Stars'' for Britain's Spread The Word Prize.Mitchard currently lives south of Madison, Wisconsin and has recently begun writing books for children and young adults.


The Maggie Powers Award, Best First Novel, 1997 Short List, The Britain's Orange Prize for Fiction, 1999 Best Recording Book on Tape/The Rest of Us, 1998 National Book Award Jury/ 2003 Marston College House of Honors/Book of Merit, 2006

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A theory of relativity
ISBN: 9780060836931. OCLC Number: 701263597

William Morrow,. .

A terrible accident has left little Keefer orphaned but not unwanted. Devastated by his beloved sister's tragic death, twenty-four-year-old bachelor Gordon McKenna assumes that he will be entrusted with raising his niece, whom he has grown extremely close to over the few precious months of Keefer's life. But the child's paternal grandparents have different ideas ...--Page 4 of cover.

A theory of relativity /
ISBN: 0066210232. OCLC Number: 45618221

HarperCollins,. .

Gordon McKenna's only sister Georgia and her husband are killed in a car accident, "leaving behind their baby daughter, Keefer. Gordon and his parents are able to survive their sorrow only by devoting themselves heart and soul to the care of the beloved one-year-old."--Jacket.

All we know of heaven
ISBN: 9780061858659. OCLC Number: 877890536

HarperCollins,. .

Bridget Flannery and Maureen O'Malley have been BFFs since forever. Then a brief moment of inattention on an icy road leaves one girl dead and the other in a coma, battered beyond recognition. Family and friends mourn one friend's loss and pray for the other's recovery. Then the doctors discover they have made a terrible mistake. The girl who lived is the one who everyone thought had died. Based on a true case of mistaken identity, All We Know of Heaven is a universal story that no one can read unmoved: a drama of ordinary people caught up in an unimaginable tragedy and of the healing power of hope and love.

All we know of heaven :
ISBN: 0061345784. OCLC Number: 167763948

HarperTeen,. .

When Maureen and Bridget, two sixteen-year-old best friends who look like sisters, are in a terrible car accident and one of them dies, they are at first incorrectly identified at the hospital, and then, as Maureen achieves a remarkable recovery, she must deal with the repercussions of the accident, the mix-up, and some choices she made while she was getting better.

Baby bat's lullaby
ISBN: 0439900883. OCLC Number: 84752439

Scholastic,. .

With loving words, a mother bat lulls her baby to sleep.

Baby bat's lullaby /
ISBN: 0060507608. OCLC Number: 50291015

HarperCollins,. .

With loving words, a mother bat lulls her baby to sleep.

Cage of stars /
ISBN: 0446578754. OCLC Number: 63257322

Warner Books,. .

Her Mormon community shattered by the murders of her two younger sisters, Veronica Swan severs ties with her family in her inability to forgive their killer, a decision that causes her to discover profound truths about sin and compassion.

Cage of Stars.
ISBN: 9781435282346. OCLC Number: 227925900

Paw Prints. .

A young Mormon girl finds herself torn between retribution and forgiveness in The Deep End of the Ocean author Mitchard's latest. Twelve-year-old Veronica Ronnie Swan witnesses the murder of her two sisters in her family's yard in tiny Cedar City, Utah. Murderer Scott Early is immediately apprehended, but is diagnosed with schizophrenia and ends up spending just three years in a state mental hospital. The rest of Ronnie's family turns to their faith to forgive Early, visiting him just before his release after a battery of drugs have restored him to normalcy. But Ronnie remains angry and haunted by her inability to save her sisters from him, and as she comes of age she tracks Early to San Diego, becomes an EMT, talks his wife into hiring her as a nanny for their infant daughter, and starts planning her vengeance. But as Early's life comes into focus, Ronnie's plan leads to an unexpected, if overly summative, climax. Ronnie progresses from a stock girl-next-door type to a young woman with considerable emotional depth, and Mitchard understatedly portrays her attempts to navigate romance and other interactions as a Mormon raised very of the Church. The results are sweet and solid.

Christmas, present /
ISBN: 0060565578. OCLC Number: 51923506

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When Eliot and Laura Banner learn that Laura has a terminal condition, they gather their children and family around themselves during the holiday season to convey her blessings to them for the future and remember their shared history.

Look both ways
ISBN: 9781595142818. OCLC Number: 606884505

Razorbill,. .

When psychic twin Mallory Brynn starts seeing imges of a white wildcat in her dreams, she tries to figure out the connection of her images to an injured cheerleader and her Native American friend Eden.

Look both ways /
ISBN: 1595141618. OCLC Number: 236344651

Razorbill,. .

When psychic twin Mallory Brynn starts seeing imges of a white wildcat in her dreams, she tries to figure out the connection of her images to an injured cheerleader and her Native American friend Eden.

No time to wave goodbye :
ISBN: 9780812979572. OCLC Number: 316835967

Random House,. .

Though eventually returned to his family nine years after being abducted at age three, Ben Cappadora has never felt entirely at ease with his birth family. Now that all three of the Cappadora children are grown and Ben is married with a baby girl, the whole Cappadora family is shaken to the core by Ben's brother Vincent's documentary that focuses on the families of abducted children.

Now you see her
ISBN: 9780061975042. OCLC Number: 318898635

HarperCollins e-books,. .

Fifteen-year-old Hope describes events leading her to agree to her boyfriend's plan to stage her abduction, and the consequences for their relationship, her family life, and her budding career as an actress.

Ready, set, school!
ISBN: 9780545283953. OCLC Number: 669004232

Scholastic,. .

After Rory the raccoon conquers his fear of spending an entire night away from home, he is prepared to tackle the challenge of starting school just one week later, whether his parents are ready or not.

Rest of Us.
ISBN: 1322730113. OCLC Number: 934789466

Penguin Group US,. .

Rosalie, my Rosalie :
ISBN: 0060722193. OCLC Number: 56598577

HarperCollins,. .

A nine-year-old girl named Henry, who lovingly cares for her pet duckling Rosalie, faces a difficult decision after Rosalie grows to adulthood.

Second nature :
ISBN: 9781611732030. OCLC Number: 732967858

Center Point Pub.,. .

Losing her father in a school fire that disfigures her face, Sicily is raised by a dynamic aunt who urges her to pursue a normal life, an effort that is influenced by her fiancé, a terrible drunken revelation and an opportunity for a risky full-face transplant.

Second nature :
ISBN: 1400067758. OCLC Number: 685239954

Random House,. .

Losing her father in a school fire that disfigures her face, Sicily is raised by a dynamic aunt who urges her to pursue a normal life, an effort that is influenced by her fiancé, a terrible drunken revelation and an opportunity for a risky full-face transplant.

Starring Prima! :
ISBN: 0060573589. OCLC Number: 52853108

HarperCollins,. .

In the old grand piano at the Ballet Jolie in New York City lives a ballet dancer who just happens to be a mouse, and who intends to become principal dancer in ballets for mice and humans, and the occasional dog, as well.

Still summer
ISBN: 9780446585415. OCLC Number: 713357738

Grand Central Pub.,. .

After the death of her wealthy husband, Olivia joins her old friend, Tracey, Tracey's daughter, and another friend from high school on a sailing trip in the Caribbean, but after a storm hits, their relaxing vacation quickly turns into a fight for survival as they brave the elements and defend themselves against pirate attacks. Includes reading group guide.

Still summer /
ISBN: 0446696730. OCLC Number: 181603338

Grand Central,. .

Twenty years ago they were high school royalty, the girls everyone envied. But life for Tracy and Holly has subsided into suburban contentment, husbands, homes and families. So when Olivia, the group's glamorous leader, returns to America as a rich widow, they decide to celebrate their reunion onboard a luxurious sailing boat in the Caribbean. Accompanied by Tracy's unruly teenage daughter and an attentive and experienced crew, the three friends set sail for the holiday of a lifetime. But what really awaits them in the sun-drenched Caribbean is more mysterious and terrifying than anything they could have imagine. As their dream trip turns into a desperate fight for survival, the women soon find themselves faced with dwindling supplies, modern-day piracy and, above all, the deep, lonely ocean. To survive, they must rely on the bonds that have held them close all these years, friend to friend, mother to daughter ndash; even as old secrets, old alliances and new treacheries push them beyond endurance ...

The breakdown lane
ISBN: 9780061842092. OCLC Number: 877988847

HarperCollins e-Books,. .

Where can a woman turn when her own life threatens to overwhelm her ability to keep her children safe' New York Times bestselling author Jacquelyn Mitchard takes the readers of her newest novel on a wry and moving journey of loss and healing. Giving advice is what Julieanne does for a living -- every Sunday she doles it out to clueless people she doesn't know, in a column in her local Wisconsin paper. But when it comes to her personal life, Julie herself seems to have missed some clues. Having worked creatively to keep her twenty-year marriage to Leo fresh and exciting, she is completely caught off guard when he tells her he needs to go on a sabbatical from their life together, leaving Julie and their three children -- Gabe, Caroline, and Aury -- behind. But it soon becomes clear that his leave of absence is meant to be permanent. The succeeding months are filled with a confusion and sadness that shake the core of the entire family. Things take a turn for the worse when Julie is diagnosed with a serious illness and the children undertake a dangerous journey to find Leo -- before it's too late. As the known world sinksprecariously from view, the clan must navigate its way through the shoals of love, guilt, and betrayal. Together, with the help of Leo's parents and Julie's best friend, Cathy, they work their way back to solid ground and a new definition of family. No one illuminates modern love, marriage, and parenting better than Jacquelyn Mitchard. Written with her trademark poignancy, humor, and insight, The Breakdown Lane is her most moving, eloquent, and life-affirming work yet.

The breakdown lane /
ISBN: 0061374520. OCLC Number: 229883225

Avon,. .

Using her Sunday advice column as a vehicle to tell her own story, Julieanne struggles to keep her twenty-year marriage going. Suddenly her husband Leo tells her he needs a "sabbatical" never really intending to return. A few months later Julieanne develops a serious illness and her three children search for their father Leo.

The deep end of the ocean
ISBN: 0140863559. OCLC Number: 34938795

Penguin Audiobooks,. .

Despite a police search that will turn into a nationwide obsession, Beth Cappadora's three-year-old son has vanished without a trace. Beth and her husband are torn apart while their other son turns delinquent trying to break through their grief-stricken silence.

The deep end of the ocean /
ISBN: 0140286276. OCLC Number: 33443698

Viking,. .

"Watch your brother," Beth Cappadora tells Vincent, 7. Five minutes later she returns, "Where is Ben?" It is the moment every parent fears and it arrives to a mother of three in Chicago. The novel follows the family as year after year the hope of finding Ben recedes. Nine years later a boy knocks on their door looking for lawn work. It can't be. It is.

The midnight twins
ISBN: 9781501295348. OCLC Number: 929892453

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YA. CRIME & MYSTERY FICTION (CHILDREN'S TEENAGE). After battling a mysterious fire on the night of their thirteenth birthday, identical twins Meredith and Mallory Brynn awaken in the hospital with terrifying new powers: Merry can see into the past. Mally can see into the future. But their new gifts come with a heavy price: the mystical bond the twins have shared their entire lives is badly damaged. And now their small town is threatened by a looming danger only the twins can stop. That is, if they can harness their power before it destroys them both. The first book in a lyrical, haunting new trilogy, The Midnight Twins explores the unearthly connection between the Brynn sisters in the same thrilling prose that has made Jacquelyn Mitchard into a national treasure. Ages 14+

The midnight twins /
ISBN: 1595142266. OCLC Number: 170202225

Razorbill,. .

Identical twins Meredith and Mallory Brynn have always shared one another's thoughts, even as they dream, but their connection diminishes as they approach their thirteenth birthday, and one begins to see the future, the other the past, leading them to discover that a high school student they know is doing horrible things that place the twins, and others, in grave danger.

The most wanted
ISBN: 0736642358. OCLC Number: 43373127

Books on Tape,. .

The rest of us :
ISBN: 0670876623. OCLC Number: 37331639

Viking,. .

For ten years of Sunday mornings, readers of Jacquelyn Mitchard's newspaper column, "The Rest of Us", have been calling their mothers, boyfriends, and sisters to say. "See? That's exactly what I meant!" Now syndicated in newspapers nationwide, Mitchard's clear-eyed takes on everyday life in process are described over and over as "a letter from home", and "the kind of story you keep under your pillow". In this collection, readers can share the exuberant wisdom of this woman writer who has seen it all.

Twelve times blessed /
ISBN: 0061715786. OCLC Number: 320958577

Avon,. .

It is True Dickinson's birthday and her best friends have gathered on this snowy night to celebrate--yet True has never felt more alone. Though her small business is thriving and her young son is happy, the death of her husband eight years ago has left an empty space in her life that friends and family cannot fill. Suddenly it seems that youth and beauty are slipping away while True is busily taking care of everyone else. But on this night, an accident on an icy road will offer True the golden opportunity to let love back into her life--if she can somehow conquer her fears. Twelve Times Blessed is a powerfully moving novel of the heart from one of our best-loved storytellers.

Twelve times blessed :
ISBN: 9780061754876. OCLC Number: 865470795

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A year in the life of a fortysomething woman reveals the reflections of widow True Dickinson, who has raised a son and built a successful small business while putting off the kind of romance she desperately desires.

Watch for me by moonlight :
ISBN: 1595142770. OCLC Number: 398488649

Razorbill,. .

Psychic twins Mallory and Meredith try to figure out why their baby brother, who is being cared for by a number of babysitters while their mother attends medical school and works, keeps getting sick, while Meredith endures the pain and heartbreak of falling in love with a ghost who died in the Vietnam War.

Watch for Me by Moonlight.
ISBN: 9781501295355. OCLC Number: 911067828

Brilliance Audio. .

What we saw at night /
ISBN: 1616951419. OCLC Number: 794359151

Soho Teen,. .

After glimpsing an older man in a room with a dead girl, sixteen-year-old Allie, who has a life-threatening allergy to sunlight, discovers she is the lone key to stopping a serial killer.

What we saw at night :
ISBN: 9780792797425. OCLC Number: 822893034

AudioGO,. .

After glimpsing an older man in a room with a dead girl, sixteen-year-old Allie, who has a life-threatening allergy to sunlight, discovers she is the lone key to stopping a serial killer.