Jacqueline West, Writer

Bestselling author of The Books of Elsewhere and Dreamers Often Lie

Books by Jacqueline West

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

The Collectors by Jacqueline West

The Collectors
(Middle Grade)

When a boy named Van discovers an underworld filled with collected wishes, he finds himself trapped between enemy forces who want the power of those wishes for themselves. It won't be long before Van learns the danger of getting exactly what you wish for.

- Schneider Family Honor Book
- Minnesota Book Awards finalist

"A brilliant fantasy adventure..."

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Digging Up Danger by Jacqueline West

Digging Up Danger
(Middle Grade)

Eliza loves hunting ghosts--too bad she's spending the summer helping her scientist mother study weird plants instead. But when a mysterious plant goes missing, things in the plant shop go from strange to downright spooky. Is Eliza digging in dangerous ground?

- An Amazon Editors' Best Book of the Month, January 2019

☆ "West’s tale, decorated with Aly’s eerie, cartoon art, is well worth reading on its own—the writing manual takes it to a whole other level."

- Kirkus, starred review

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The Books of Elsewhere

New York Times Best Seller
The Books of Elsewhere
(Middle Grade)

Danger and mystery are around every corner as Olive encounters evil magic, talking cats, and a small boy trapped inside a painted world.

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Dreamers Often Lie

Dreamers Often Lie
(Young Adult)

After a head injury, a high school actress is haunted by visions of William Shakespeare and his characters. But when one of those visions turns out to be real, she has to choose between lying to everyone else and lying to herself.

"Both moving and humorous... Shakespeare's characters really shine as they come to life in the twenty-first century."

- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

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Starry Eyed


This collection of fictional short stories highlight the struggles, hopes, failures, and triumphs of young aspiring singers, dancers, actors, actresses, and performers.

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Been There Done That

Been There, Done That

School is in session as celebrated authors share their real-life academic experiences and turn them into fiction!

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