Jennifer Donnelly

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Date of Birth August 16, 1963
Place of Birth Port Chester, New York
Age 57 years old
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Jennifer Donnelly

Jennifer Donnelly is an American writer of young adult fiction best known for the historical novel A Northern Light. A Northern Light was published as A Gathering Light in the U.K. There, it won the 2003 Carnegie Medal, recognizing the year's outstanding children's book. For the 70th anniversary of the Medal a few years later, it was named one of the top ten winning works, selected by a panel to compose the ballot for a public election of the all-time favorite. Similarly, it was named one of Time Magazine's 100 Best Young Adult Books of All Time in 2015.

Born: August 16, 1963, Port Chester, New York, U.S.
Occupation: Novelist
Nationality: American
Education: B.A, English Literature and European History
Alma mater: University of Rochester
Period: 2002–present
Genre: Historical fiction, young adult fiction
Notable works: A Northern Light, Revolution, The Rose trilogy
Notable awards: Carnegie Medal, 2003, LA Times Book Prize, 2003
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About Jennifer Donnelly

Known best for her Carnegie Medal-winning young adult historical fiction work A Northern Light, Donnelly also penned such popular novels as Revolution, The Tea Rose, and The Winter Rose.

Before Fame

Two decades after studying literature and history at the University of Rochester, she published her debut children's work, Humble Pie.

Achievement

A Northern Light won not only the Carnegie Medal, but also a School Library Journal Award, an ALA-Booklist Editors' Choice Award, and several other honors.

Family Life

She grew up in an Irish-American family in Port Chester, New York. Her marriage resulted in one daughter.

Associations

She and Lauren Tarshis are both American writers of historical fiction and young adult literature.

Information related to Jennifer Donnelly

  • Writers of historical fiction set in Modern Age
  • Carnegie Medal in Literature winners
  • Alumni of Birkbeck, University of London
  • University of Rochester alumni
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Latest information about Jennifer Donnelly updated on September 18, 2020.

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