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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Jenny Meyerhoff  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Young Adult; Children;

Born: 1972 in Detroit, Michigan

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Illinois Connection

Meyerhoff moved to Evanston after graduating from The University of Michigan. She attended Northwestern University's School of Education and Social Policy. In 1998, she moved to Deerfield, now lives in Riverwoods.

Biographical and Professional Information

Jenny Meyerhoff writes novels for children and teenagers. She grew up in West Bloomfield, Michigan, and went on to graduate from The University of Michigan. After moving to Evanston, Illinois, with her husband, she worked for a few years as a preschool teacher and interned at ''Chicago Parent Magazine''. She then enrolled in Northwestern University's School of Education and Social Policy and did go on to teach kindergarten for a while after receiving her Master's degree. Meyerhoff now writes full-time.

Published Works

    Individual Titles:
  • Third Grade Baby, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2008
  • Queen of Secrets, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2010
  • Sami's Sleepaway Summer, Scholastic, 2012
  • Playing Cupid: A Wish Novel, Scholastic, 2017The Barftastic Life of Louis Burger Series:
  • The Barftastic Life of Louie Burger, Macmillan, 2013
  • Class B.U.R.P., Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2014
  • Attack of the Girlzillas, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015The Friendship Garden Series:
  • Green Thumbs-Up!, Aladdin, 2015
  • Pumpkin Spice, Aladdin, 2015
  • Project Peep, Aladdin, 2016
  • Sweet Peas and Honeybees, Aladdin, 2016
  • Starry Skies and Fireflies, Aladdin, 2017
  • A Squirmy, Wormy Surprise, Aladdin, 2017

Selected Titles At Your Library

Queen of secrets /
ISBN: 0374326282. OCLC Number:

Farrar, Straus, Giroux,. New York :. 2010.

Fifteen-year-old Essie Green, an orphan who has been raised by her secular Jewish grandparents in Michigan, experiences conflicting loyalties and confusing emotions when her aunt, uncle, and cousin move back from New York, and her very religious cousin tries to fit in with the other football players at Essie's high school, one of whom is Essie's popular new boyfriend.

Sami's sleepaway summer /
ISBN: 0545362679. OCLC Number:

Scholastic,. New York :. [2012], ©2011.

Samantha Bloom is nervous about going to sleepaway camp for the first time, and her annoying cousin being there with her can only make things worse. When she gets there, however, she discovers that she underestimated the food, the friends, and even her cousin, Daniel.

Third grade baby /
ISBN: 0374374821. OCLC Number:

Farrar, Straus and Giroux,. New York :. 2008.

When third-grader Polly Peterson finally loses her first baby tooth, she wonders if she is too old for a visit from the tooth fairy.

Playing Cupid /
ISBN: 1338099221. OCLC Number:

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Clara starts a matchmaking service for her classmates to fulfill a school assignment, but she does not know what to do when she starts receiving notes and gifts from a secret admirer.

The barftastic life of Louie Burger /
ISBN: 0374305188. OCLC Number:

Farrar Straus Giroux,. New York :. 2013.

With a school Talent Bonanza coming up, there is only one thing that can keep fifth-grader Louie Burger from taking a big step toward his dream of becoming a world-famous comedian--extreme stage fright.

Class B.U.R.P. /
ISBN: 0374305218. OCLC Number:

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After a video of ten-year-old Louie Burger is aired on a comedy television show, Louie hopes that he will no longer be a Boy Used to Ridicule and Put-downs (B.U.R.P.), but his popularity is very short-lived.

The barftastic life of Louie Burger :
ISBN: 0374305242. OCLC Number:

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"Louie Burger's dad has to go away for two weeks for a job and he is stuck with a house full of girls. Suddenly, it's makeup, princess dogs, love notes from your kissy-faced grandma, and heart-shaped pancakes all the time. How can Louie be the man of the house when it is constantly under attack by girlzillas?"--

Green thumbs-up! /
ISBN: 1481439065. OCLC Number:

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Third-grader Anna has had trouble making friends since her family moved from a small town in New York to Chicago, but a group project at school leads to new opportunities, including friendships, a club, and a garden she can work in, just like in her last home.

Pumpkin spice /
ISBN: 1481439103. OCLC Number:

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Kaya, Anna, and Reed hope their pumpkin, Herbert, will take home first prize at the Windy City Pumpkin Fest, but when Herbert suddenly disappears, the friends must catch the thief in time for the festival.

Project peep /
ISBN: 1481439138. OCLC Number:

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When Anna decides that four baby chicks will be the perfect present for Kaya's birthday, she builds a chicken coop in the Friendship Garden.

Sweet peas and honeybees /
ISBN: 1481439170. OCLC Number:

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When Anna learns that bees are in danger because of pesticide use, she tries to alert her neighbors and friends to the problem.

Starry skies and fireflies /
ISBN: 1481470515. OCLC Number:

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Invited to join her friends for an end-of-summer overnight sleepover in a tent, Anna, who is frightened by the dark, decides to skip the party, prompting her friends to convince her that it is sometimes fun to be scared.

A squirmy wormy surprise /
ISBN: 148147054X. OCLC Number:

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Anna's fourth grade teacher, Miss Lopez, is strict and seems to dislike her, so when Miss Lopez does not pick her to help with the class garden, Anna realizes she needs to find a way to get on her teacher's good side.


Third Grade Baby

  • Honor Book, Friends of American Writers Juvenile

    Speaking Engagements

    Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

    Meyerhoff likes to make school and library visits, speak at teacher conferences and lead writing workshops for teachers, students and other writers. Please visit her website or email her for more information.