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, YA novel Last Things, and the forthcoming middle grade novel Long Lost.

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.

Books by Jacqueline West

The Books of Elsewhere The Collectors Digging Up Danger Dreamers Often Lie Last Things


Cover of Long Lost by Jacqueline West
Cover art by the Balbusso Twins

Coming May 2021 from Greenwillow/HarperCollins

Available for preorder from your local bookstore (via IndieBound) and Amazon.

Once there were two sisters who did everything together. But only one of them disappeared. New York Times-bestselling author Jacqueline West’s Long Lost is an atmospheric, eerie mystery brimming with suspense. Fans of Katherine Arden’s Small Spaces and Victoria Schwab’s City of Ghosts series will lose themselves in this mesmerizing and century-spanning tale.

Eleven-year-old Fiona has just read a book that doesn’t exist.

When Fiona’s family moves to be closer to her older sister’s figure skating club—and far from Fiona’s close-knit group of friends—nobody seems to notice Fiona’s unhappiness. Alone and out of place, Fiona ventures to the town’s library, a rambling mansion donated to the town by the long-dead heiress. And there she finds a gripping mystery novel about a small town, family secrets, and a tragic disappearance.

Soon Fiona begins to notice strange similarities that blur the lines between the novel and her new town. And when she looks for the book again, it’s gone. Almost like it never existed. With stubbornness and a little help from a few odd Lost Lake locals, Fiona uncovers the book’s strange history. It’s not a novel, but the true story of an unsolved century-old crime filled with clues to the mystery. Lost Lake is a town of restless spirits, and Fiona will learn that both help and danger come from unexpected places—maybe even the sister she thinks doesn’t care about her anymore.

New York Times-bestselling and acclaimed author Jacqueline West weaves a heart-pounding, intense, and imaginative mystery that builds anticipation on every page, while centering the strong and often tumultuous bond between sisters. Laced with suspense, Long Lost will fascinate readers of Trenton Lee Stewart’s The Secret Keepers, and fans of ghost stories.

Cover reveal and interview at From the Mixed-Up Files of Middle Grade Authors


- If you missed it, watch Jacqueline's live chat with fellow author Kim Ventrella on 8/26/20

- Jacqueline is booking a limited number of free online school/library visits for the 2020-2021 school year. See the Events/Schools page for more info.

- LAST THINGS is now available in paperback! Order from your favorite bookstore, or visit

- A STORM OF WISHES, the sequel to the Schneider Family Honor Book THE COLLECTORS, is now available from booksellers everywhere.

- LAST THINGS is a finalist in the Young Adult Literature category of the Minnesota Book 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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