NEIGHBORHOOD GIRLS to be published by HarperTeen!!

Hi everyone! I have  some exciting news to share! My second novel, NEIGHBORHOOD GIRLS, will be published by HarperTeen in the fall of 2017! I have been working on this novel since August 2014 and am so thrilled (and terrified) for it to be set free into the world! A second untitled YA novel will also be published by Harper in the fall of 2018.

Huge thank yous to my agent, Barry Goldblatt, of Barry Goldblatt Literary, and to my new editor, Alexandra Cooper, at Harper. I’m so lucky to be in such good hands.

If you’re interested in reading more, here is the announcement from Publisher’s Weekly!

Baby News and October Appearances

My website has been languishing away for the past few months, but I promise I have a good excuse: Our second daughter, Sheila Eileen, was born June 8! We are very busy and very in love 🙂

I have two exciting events coming up this week:

First, I’ll be speaking at the Illinois Association of Teachers of English Fall Conference on Friday, 10/16 at 2:00. These are my people. I’m very excited.

Second, I’m going to be a panelist at the Texas Book Festival on Sunday, 10/18 in Austin. I’ve heard such great things about this fest (and about Austin, where I’ve never been before!), and am super excited to be a part of it. Stop by if you’re in the area!

Review in Lit-Up Review

“Jessie Ann Foley’s The Carnival at Bray is just one of many I’ve read since blogging, but I would argue that none explore love, loss, and life as eloquently as Foley’s debut. A Printz honoree, The Carnival at Bray is YA literature, historical fiction or otherwise, at its best.”

Upcoming Appearances

February 12, 2015

Loyola Academy–Wilmette, IL

February 17, 2015

Taft High School–Chicago, IL

February 21, 2015

Anderson’s Bookshops 13th Annual Children’s Literature Breakfast–Woodridge, IL

8:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

March 19, 2015

Columbia College Story Week–Young Adult Panel

Harold Washington Library–Chicago, IL

11:00 a.m.

March 31, 2015

Writer’s Week: Lakes Community High School, Lake Villa, IL, 10:30 a.m.

Chicago Public Library, Roden Branch, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

June 26-27

ALA Annual Conference–San Francisco, CA