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Neighborhood Girls Cover Reveal and Excerpt

I am very excited to share the cover image of my new novel, NEIGHBORHOOD GIRLS, along with a short excerpt from chapter two! The novel will be published September 12 but is available for preorder NOW!



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!

CWA Book of the Year Awards

Thank you to the Chicago Writers Association for naming The Carnival at Bray a finalist in the traditional fiction category of the CWA 2015 Book of the Year Awards! I join finalists Lori Rader-Day and Peter Ferry in this honor. Winners are announced December 1.

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!

Printer’s Row Lit Fest

Please join me next Saturday, June 6, at the Chicago Tribune Printer’s Row Book Fest. I’ll be presenting at the Young and Restless panel at Jones College Prep, 1:45.

Review in The Midnight Garden

Check out this lovely review from The Midnight Garden–YA for Adults!

The Carnival at Bray: Review

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.”

Carnival at Bray Review in Booklist

Rock-savvy readers might recognize the time line as the story hurtles towards that infamous April of 1994, but, with or without that knowledge, they will be drawn into the sometimes seedy, sometimes madcap atmosphere of this first novel.

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

Review: Bringing Down the House With Books

Thank you to Emily Aaronson for her lovely review of The Carnival at Bray in Bringing Down the House With Books!