Traci L. Jones
Born: Monmouth, Illinois
Pen Name: None Connection to Illinois: Jones was born in Monmouth, Illinois. Biography: 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''.
- 2006 Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award for ''Standing Against the Wind''
|Finding my place
ISBN: 9781429939980 OCLC: 861521097 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.
|Finding my place /
ISBN: 0374335737 OCLC: 298537908 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: 9781250056832 OCLC: 609871059 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.
|Standing against the wind
ISBN: 9781429930468 OCLC: 872596669 Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), New York : 2013. Patrice Williams was happy living in Georgia with her grandmother, who called her cocoa grandbaby. Then her mother lured her to Chicago and ended up in jail. Now Patrice lives with her Auntie Mae, and her new nickname is Puffy ' thanks to her giant poof of hair. But Patrice's hair isn't the only reason she sticks out: she cares about her grades and strives for the best. That's why Monty Freeman, another eighth grader who lives in the building, asks Patrice to tutor his little brother. Even though Monty's friends make Patrice uneasy, Monty himself is friendly, confident, and surprisingly smart. When he becomes her guardian angel, Patrice begins to think something stronger than friendship might be growing between them. Still, nothing will stop her from applying for a scholarship at prestigious Dogwood Academy ' her ticket out of the project and a school populated by gangs and drug runners. In her debut novel, Traci L. Jones presents a girl with grit she never knew she had, and a boy so inspired by her that he begins to take pride in his own abilities. Standing Against the Wind is a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year and the winner of the 2007 Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe New Talent Award.
|Standing against the wind /
ISBN: 0374371741 OCLC: 61178242 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.