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, the middle grade fantasy The Collectors, and the new YA novel Last Things.

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 Last Things by Jacqueline West

A new YA novel from Greenwillow/HarperCollins - buy it in a book store today, or order it from IndieBound, Barnes & Noble, or Amazon

"Last Things is at once poetic and urgent, evocative and authentic, everything I love in a book.” - Victoria Schwab, author of #1 New York Times bestseller This Savage Song

“I devoured this book in a day. Last Things is the kind of taut, atmospheric thriller that gets your heart racing and sets your imagination on fire. Sensational.”—Claire Legrand, New York Times bestselling author of Furyborn

"Hand this worthy addition to any YA collection to fans of mystery, music, and horror." - School Library Journal

"A suspenseful tale wrought from power chords, creeping darkness, and disquieting twists." - Kirkus

"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." - Booklist

"Last Things is more than an homage to a legendary tale. It’s an expert reinvention that stands wholly on its own. And yes, you’ll want to leave the lights on." - Book and Film Globe

Learn more about Last Things


Cover of The Collectors by Jacqueline West

Available now from Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins

Order now at IndieBound or Amazon, or wherever books are sold!

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."

Learn more about The Collectors


-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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