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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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Illinois Connection

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.

Published Works

  • The Rest of Us, Dispatches From the Mother Ship, Viking, 1997
  • The Most Wanted, Signet Books, 1999
  • The Deep End of the Ocean, Penguin, 1999
  • A Theory Of Relativity, HarperTorch, 2002
  • Twelve Times Blessed, HarperCollins, 2004
  • Starring Prima: The Mouse of the Ballet Jolie, HarperCollins, 2004
  • Baby Bat`s Lullaby, HarperColllins, 2004
  • Rosalie, My Rosalie, Harper Childrens, 2005
  • The Breakdown Lane, HarperCollins, 2005
  • Cage of Stars, Warner Books, 2006
  • Christmas Present, HarperCollins, 2006
  • Still Summer, Warner Books, 2007
  • Now You See Her, Harper Teen, 2007
  • Ready Set School, HarperCollins, 2007
  • All We Know of Heaven, Harper Teen, 2008
  • The Midnight Twins, Harper Tenn, 2008
  • Look Both Ways, Harper Teen, 2009
  • Watch for Me by Moonlight, Harper Teen, 2010
  • No Time To Wave Goodbye, Random House, 2010
  • Second Nature: A Love Story, Random House, 2011
  • What We Saw at Night, Soho Teen, 2013

Selected Titles At Your Library

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

Viking,. New York :. ©1997.

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.

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

Viking,. New York :. 1996.

"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.

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

HarperCollins,. New York :. ©2001.

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.

Twelve times blessed /
ISBN: 0061715786. OCLC Number:

Avon,. New York, NY :. 2009.

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.

Starring Prima! :
ISBN: 0060573589. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins,. New York :. ©2004.

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.

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

HarperCollins,. New York :. ©2004.

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

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

HarperCollins,. New York :. ©2005.

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

The breakdown lane /
ISBN: 0061374520. OCLC Number:

Avon,. New York :. 2006, ©2005.

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.

Cage of stars /
ISBN: 0446578754. OCLC Number:

Warner Books,. New York :. 2006.

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.

Christmas, present /
ISBN: 0060565578. OCLC Number:

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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.

Still summer /
ISBN: 0446696730. OCLC Number:

Grand Central,. New York :. 2008.

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 ...

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

HarperTeen,. New York :. ©2008.

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.

The midnight twins /
ISBN: 1595142266. OCLC Number:

Razorbill,. New York :. ©2008.

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.

Look both ways /
ISBN: 1595141618. OCLC Number:

Razorbill,. New York :. ©2009.

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.

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

Razorbill,. New York :. ©2010.

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.

No time to wave goodbye :
ISBN: 0812979575. OCLC Number:

Random House,. New York :. ©2009.

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.

Second nature :
ISBN: 1400067758. OCLC Number:

Random House,. New York :. ©2011.

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.

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

Soho Teen,. New York, NY :. 2012.

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.


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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