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Jonathan Messinger

Born: in Boston, Massachusettes
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Messinger lives in Chicago.

Biography: Jonathan Messinger is a writer, editor, podcaster, and performer. He has contributed his fiction writing to the zine ''McSweeney's'', among many other major and alternative publications. When he attended Clark University and was the editor of the student magazine ''The Wheatbread''.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Children; Young adult readers


Selected Titles

Hiding out
ISBN: 9780977199235 OCLC: 436044714

Featherproof Books, Chicago, Ill. : ©2007.

Nothing is as it seems: A jilted lover dons robot armor to win back the heart of an ex-girlfriend; an angel loots the home of a single father; a teenager finds the key to everlasting life in a video game. In this much-anticipated debut, one of Chicago's most exciting young writers has crafted playful and empathic tales of misguided lonely hearts. Sparkling with humor and showcasing an array of styles, Hiding Out features characters dodging consequences while trying desperately to connect.

The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian #1: The Fuzzy Apocalypse
ISBN: 0062932144 OCLC: 1135573290

"Eight-year-old Finn is the first kid born in space and he spends his days looking for a new planet to call home with his three best friends and his robot, Foggy. He's used to wild, galaxy hopping adventures. But when Explorer Troop 301 gets stuck on a planet that's about to explode, Finn and his friends will have to face giant aliens, a leader with mind control powers, and one evil, fluffy bunny rabbit in order to save the planet ... and themselves"--

The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian #2: The Accidental Volcano
ISBN: 0062932179 OCLC: 1135563187

"Finn Caspian, his three best friends, and his robot Foggy are excited to explore a brand-new planet ... until Finn's mom makes them bring along an annoying new robot named Voltronix Zu. Putting up with Voltronix's bragging is bad enough, but when he accidentally turns the planet inside out, the Explorers get attacked by angry rock giants! Can the four friends find a way to save the planet--and the bubble aliens who live there--before Voltronix causes a volcanic disaster?"--

The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian #3: The Uncommon Cold
ISBN: 0062932209 OCLC: 1156993617

Finn's best robot bud, Foggy, comes down with a weird virus while exploring a planet full of dancing robots. But he won't let Finn help him. Foggy only wants to dance the Hokey Pokey with his new robot friends! Now Finn and Explorers Troop 301 have to find a cure before the robots attack. But can Finn also fix his friendship with Foggy? Or will his robot BFF stay on the two-stepping planet forever?--

The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian #4: Journey to the Center of That Thing
ISBN: 0062932233 OCLC: 1264293735

"Explorers Troop 301 has explored a lot of planets hoping to find a place to call home. But their latest mission feels like the most boring ever--until they get chased by giant ANTibodies straight into the planet's open mouth! Can Finn and his friends make it through all thirty-five stomachs, battle an army of ants, out-whiz a super-computer in a deadly game of trivia, and find a way out? Or are they doomed to be part of the planet's balanced diet?"--