The Carnival at bray (Elephant rock books, 2014)

It’s 1993, and Generation X pulses to the beat of Kurt Cobain and the grunge movement. Sixteen-year-old Maggie Lynch is uprooted from big-city Chicago to a windswept town on the Irish Sea. Surviving on care packages of Spin magazine and Twizzlers from her rocker uncle Kevin, she wonders if she’ll ever find her place in this new world. When first love and sudden death simultaneously strike, a naive but determined Maggie embarks on a forbidden pilgrimage that will take her to a seedy part of Dublin and on to a life-altering night in Rome to fulfill a dying wish. Through it all, Maggie discovers an untapped inner strength to do the most difficult but rewarding thing of all—live.

  • Printz Honor Book

  • YALSA Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults Title 2014

  • Kirkus Reviews Best Book 2014

  • William C. Morris Award Finalist for debut YA fiction

  • Texas Library Association TAYSHAS reading list selection

  • Pennsylvania Young Readers’ Choice Awards finalist

  • New York Public Library favorite book of 2014

  • Finalist, Chicago Writer’s Association 2015 Book of the Year Awards

  • Finalist, Housatonic Book Awards 2015

"Powerfully evocative." --Kirkus, starred review


neighborhood girls (harperteen, 2017)

Before junior Wendy Boychuck was best friends with Kenzie, Sapphire, and Emily—the most brutal group of girls that Academy of the Sacred Heart has ever seen—she was content with being a nobody. Then Wendy’s father, a corrupt police officer, gets sentenced to prison. So when Wendy has a chance to join Kenzie and her pack of alphas, she sees in the them the type of protection and remaking that she—the daughter of a crooked cop—so badly needs. From that point on, what Wendy encounters are the exhilarating highs and isolating lows that come with being in her school’s most feared and revered clique. 

With tinges of magical realism, Jessie Ann Foley’s follow-up to the highly-acclaimed The Carnival at Bray deftly explores toxic friendships, broken families, and a girl’s journey back to herself, all with unmistakable authenticity.

  • Booklist Editor’s Choice, Best Books for Youth 2017

  • YALSA Best Fiction For Young Adults Title 2018

"A heartbreakingly modern representation of a city at the heart of America." –Booklist, starred review

“This is a thoughtful, moving portrait of a complex girl on the verge of finding her moral compass, set against a strong backdrop of a dynamic working-class Chicago neighborhood.” –Horn Book

“Vibrant and convincing.” -School Library Journal

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sorry for your loss (Harperteen 2019)

As the youngest of eight, painfully average Pup Flanagan is used to flying under the radar. The only person who ever made him think he could be more was his older brother Patrick, the family’s golden child. But that was before Patrick died suddenly, leaving Pup alone with a family who won’t talk about it and acquaintances who just keep saying, “sorry for your loss.”

When Pup excels at a photography assignment he thought he’d bomb, things in his life start coming into focus: his dream girl shows her true colors, an unexpected friend becomes something more, and one of Pup’s photos reveals someone else who needs healing. Someone with a secret Pup could never have imagined. 

  • YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults 2019 nominee

  • Junior Library Guild Selection 2019

YOU KNOW I’M NO GOOD: coming Fall 2020 from HarpterTeen!