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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Jessie Ann Foley  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Young Adult;

Born: Chicago

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Illinois Connection

Foley is a native Chicagoan. She grew up on the Northwest side of the city and graduated from Columbia College in Chicago. Today, she is an English teacher at Chicago's Taft High School.

Biographical and Professional Information

Jessie Ann Foley is a teacher and writer whose debut novel, ''The Carnival at Bray'', was named a Printz honor book by the American Library Association, shortlisted for YALSA's 2015 William C. Morris Award, and named a Top Ten Book of 2015 by YALSA and a Best Teen Book of 2014 by Kirkus Reviews.

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Titles At Your Library


The Carnival at Bray

  • Chicago Weekly Best Books of 2014
  • A Michael L. Printz Honor Award Winner
  • Winner, 2014 Helen Sheehan YA Book Prize
  • Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2014
  • Finalist, William C. Morris Award
  • ALA 2015 Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults
  • ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2016
  • Neighborhood Girls

  • Best Book List, Booklist, 2017

    Speaking Engagements

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