Jacqueline West, Writer

Bestselling author and poet

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Jacqueline West is the author of the NYT-bestselling middle grade series The Books of Elsewhere, the YA novel Dreamers Often Lie, and the new middle grade fantasy The Collectors.

She is also the author of two poetry collections, Cherma and Candle and Pins: Poems on Superstitions, and her poetry and short fiction appear in a variety of publications.

She lives in Red Wing, Minnesota, with her family.

For more detailed info visit her About page.


Cover of The Collectors by Jacqueline West

Available now from Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins

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Van has always been an outsider. Most people don’t notice him. But he notices them. And he notices the small trinkets they drop, or lose, or throw away—that’s why his collection is full of treasures. Then one day, Van notices a girl stealing pennies from a fountain, and everything changes. He follows the girl, Pebble, and uncovers an underground world full of wishes and the people who collect them. Apparently not all wishes are good and even good wishes often have unintended consequences—and the Collectors have made it their duty to protect us. But they aren't the only ones who have their eyes on the world’s wishes—and they may not be the good guys, after all.  

- Schneider Family Honor Book
- Minnesota Book Awards finalist

"A brilliant fantasy adventure exploring the consequences of getting what you wish for."

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Cover of Last Things by Jacqueline West

A new YA novel coming 5/5/2019 from Greenwillow/HarperCollins - Preorder Now!

High school senior Anders Thorson is gifted. His band, Last Things, is legendary in their northern Minnesota hometown. With guitar skills that would amaze even if he weren't only eighteen, Anders is the focus of head-turning admiration. And Thea Malcolm, a newcomer to the insular town, is one of his admirers. Thea seems to turn up everywhere Anders goes: gigs, guitar lessons, even the woods near Anders's home.

When strange things start happening to Anders - including the disappearance of his cat, his sort-of girlfriend, and, somehow, his musical talent - blame immediately falls on Thea. But is she trying to hurt him? Or save him from something far worse?

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West uses evocative language, including song lyrics, to enhance the ominous atmosphere in this updated Faustian thriller; her pitch-perfect depiction of music conjures pulse-pounding concerts and Anders’ passion for metal. A dark and lovely saga, ideal for fans of Brenna Yovanoff and Holly Black.

— Booklist


-Watch the Minneapolis screening of the 2019 90-Second Newbery film festival, cohosted by Jacqueline (and featuring live singing!)

-The Collectors has been named a Schneider Family Honor Book!

- The Collectors is a finalist for the Minnesota Book Awards!

- The Story Pirates Present: Digging Up Danger is now available in bookstores everywhere

- Candle and Pins: Poems on Superstitions has been selected for the preliminary ballot for the Bram Stoker Awards

Contact and Events

Jacqueline loves to meet with readers and writers of all ages. Her background in teaching makes her an approachable and enthusiastic speaker and writing workshop leader. See her current schedule of speaking events.

If you are interested in having Jacqueline visit your school, library, bookstore, or other organization, contact her at for rates and availability.

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