Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Traci L. Jones  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Born: Monmouth, Illinois

-- Traci L. Jones on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Jones was born in Monmouth, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Born in Monmouth, Illinois, Jones was raised in Denver, Colorado and still resides there today. In 2006, Traci won the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award for her debut young adult title, ''Standing Against the Wind''. Two well-received YA novels have followed: ''Finding My Place'' and ''Silhouetted by the Blue''.

Selected Titles At Your Library

Standing against the wind /
ISBN: 0374371741. OCLC Number:

Farrar Straus and Giroux,. New York :. 2006.

As she tries to escape her poor Chicago neighborhood by winning a scholarship to a prestigious boarding school, shy and studious eighth-grader Patrice discovers that she has more options in life than she previously realized.

Finding my place /
ISBN: 0374335737. OCLC Number:

Farrar Straus Giroux,. New York :. 2010.

After moving to an affluent suburb of Denver in 1975, ninth-grader Tiphanie feels lonely at her nearly all-white high school until she befriends another "outsider" and discovers that prejudice exists in many forms.

Silhouetted by the blue /
ISBN: 0374369143. OCLC Number:

Farrar Straus Giroux,. New York :. 2011.

After the death of her mother in an automobile accident, seventh-grader Serena, who has gotten the lead in her middle school play, is left to handle the day-to-day challenges of caring for herself and her younger brother when their father cannot pull himself out of his depression.


2006 Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award for

Standing Against the Wind

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