Jen White grew up in California, the oldest of five siblings. Her kindergarten teacher told her mother she was a little bossy. Jen blames it on birth order.
When she was young she wanted to become an author and a teacher. One of her earliest memories was learning how to read and how her stomach hurt when she read out-loud because she read so hard.
Jen has a degree in English teaching and also earned her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts in writing for children and young adults. Jen currently lives with her family and the cutest mini-aussiedoodle puppy you've ever seen.
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After their mother's recent death, twelve-year-old Liberty and her eight-year-old sister, Billie, are sent to live with their father, who they haven't seen since they were very young. Things are great at first; the girls are so excited to get to know their father - a photographer who, for the summer, is travelling around in an RV. But soon, the pressure of parenthood becomes too much for him, and he abandons the girls at the Jiffy Company Gas Station.
Instead of waiting for someone to come to their rescue, Liberty takes matters into her own hands. On the sisters' journey to get home, they encounter a menacing gas station attendant, a heavily tattooed trucker, a kid obsessed with Star Wars, a woman who lives with many very usual pets, and a host of other characters.
When all seems lost, they get some help from an unlikely source, and end up learning that sometimes you have to get a little bit lost to be found.
In the Press
A THOUSAND MINUTES TO SUNLIGHT
Anxious kids will certainly appreciate the recognition, and they will also find this a helpful depiction of their struggles for the adults in their life; readers of all stripes will be glad to see Cora moving out from under the thrall of Brain and growing more confident.
BULLETIN FOR THE CENTER OF CHILDREN'S BOOKS