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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Jaleigh Johnson  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Young Adult; Children;

Born:


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Illinois Connection

Johnson lives in Monticello.

Biographical and Professional Information

Jaleigh Johnson is a fantasy writer born and raised in the Midwest. Her novels for the ''Dungeons and Dragons Forgotten Realms'' line include ''The Howling Delve'', ''Mistshore'', ''Unbroken Chain'', ''Unbroken Chain: The Darker Road'', and ''Spider and Stone''. Her first book for middle grade readers is ''The Mark of the Dragonfly''.


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Titles At Your Library

The Mark of the Dragonfly (World of Solace Series)
ISBN: 0385376154

Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 2014

"Author Jaleigh Johnson's steampunk fantasy melds magic and antiquity into a rich world of adventure, oppression, and unlikely friendships. This is a book that is sure to leave readers eager for the next installment." - Seira Wilson, Amazon Editor

For fans of Frozen, The City of Ember, and The School of Good and Evil, the New York Times bestseller The Mark of the Dragonfly is a fast-paced adventure story about a mysterious girl and a fearless boy, set in a magical world that is both exciting and dangerous.
Piper has never seen the Mark of the Dragonfly until she finds the girl amid the wreckage of a caravan in the Meteor Fields.
The girl doesn't remember a thing about her life, but the intricate tattoo on her arm is proof that she's from the Dragonfly Territories and that she's protected by the king. Which means a reward for Piper if she can get the girl home.
The one sure way to the Territories is the 401, a great old beauty of a train. But a ticket costs more coin than Piper could make in a year. And stowing away is a difficult prospect--everyone knows that getting past the peculiar green-eyed boy who stands guard is nearly impossible.
Life for Piper just turned dangerous. A little bit magical. And very exciting, if she can manage to survive the journey.

Praise for The Mark of the Dragonfly:

“This magnetic middle-grade debut…[is] a page-turner that defies easy categorization and ought to have broad appeal.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred

Heart, brains, and courage find a home in a steampunk fantasy worthy of a nod from Baum.”-- Kirkus Reviews, Starred

A fantastic and original tale of adventure and magic...Piper is a heroine to fall in love with: smart, brave, kind, and mechanically inclined to boot.”—School Library Journal, Starred

A complex and impeccably developed plot—there is plenty to recommend in this novel.”—The Bulletin

“Appealing characters and lots of action make it a good choice for young adventure readers.”—Booklist

The Secrets of Solace (World of Solace Series)
ISBN: 0385376480

Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 2016

From Jaleigh Johnson, the acclaimed author of the New York Times bestseller The Mark of the Dragonfly, comes another thrilling adventure in the magical world of Solace.
Lina Winterbock lives in the mountain strongholds of Solace. She’s an apprentice to the archivists, the wise men and women whose lives are dedicated to cataloging, studying, and preserving the objects that mysteriously fall from the sky in the scrap towns.
Lina should be spending her days with books, but the Iron War has changed everything. The strongholds are now a refuge, and the people Lina once counted on no longer have time for her, so she spends her days exploring the hidden tunnels and passages of her home. The strongholds are vast and old, with twisting paths, forgotten rooms, and collapsed chambers, some of them containing objects that have been lost and forgotten even by the archivists.
And in one of the forgotten chambers, Lina discovers a secret.
Hidden deep in a cavern is a half-buried airship like nothing she has ever seen before. She’s determined to dig it out and restore it. But Lina needs help, and she doesn’t know anyone she can trust with her secret.
Then she meets Ozben, a mysterious boy who has a secret of his own—a secret that’s so dangerous it could change the course of the Iron War and the world of Solace forever.

Praise for The Secrets of Solace:

“Highly recommended for those who have finished with Harry and are too young for Katniss.”—SLJ, Starred review

"An engaging world rich in detail, mayhem, and adventure...All aboard for fantasy lovers with a dual penchant for girl power and keeping up with the Indiana Joneses."—Kirkus Reviews

"With imaginative details...readers will be rewarded by exciting action scenes and a deeper knowledge of Solace."-Booklist

"The book nicely balances the firm structure of the archivists' orderly lives with the wild abandon of the protagonist."-Bulletin

Praise for The Mark of the Dragonfly:

“This magnetic middle-grade debut . . . [is] a page-turner that defies easy categorization and ought to have broad appeal.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred

Heart, brains, and courage find a home in a steampunk fantasy worthy of a nod from Baum.”—Kirkus Reviews, Starred

A fantastic and original tale of adventure and magic. . . . Piper is a heroine to fall in love with: smart, brave, kind, and mechanically inclined to boot.”—School Library Journal, Starred

A complex and impeccably developed plot—there is plenty to recommend in this novel.”—The Bulletin

Appealing characters and lots of action make it a good choice for young adventure readers.”—Booklist

The Quest to the Uncharted Lands (World of Solace Series)
ISBN: 1101933127

Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 2017

From the acclaimed author of the New York Times bestseller The Mark of the Dragonfly comes another magical and thrilling story that takes readers on an exciting new adventure. Perfect for fans of Wrinkle in Time!

Stella Glass dreams of exploring worlds beyond her home of Solace, but when her famous parents are sent on a historic mission to the Uncharted Lands, it’s simply too dangerous for her to join them. By order of the king, she is left behind.

Missing out on the excitement is one thing, but Stella is devastated at the thought of her parents flying into the unknown. So she takes matters into her own hands. Instead of staying with family as planned, she steals away and—right before takeoff—sneaks aboard the airship.

But Stella isn’t the only stowaway.

In the cargo bay is a boy who is also desperate to get to the Uncharted Lands. And someone else who’s determined to keep the ship from making it there at all. . . .

Praise for Jaleigh Johnson’s The Quest to the Uncharted Lands:

The author's endearing STEAM-loving heroine and magical hero hit all the right buttons for middle grade readers....Funny and heartbreaking...a must-have choice for all middle grade shelves.” —SLJ, Starred

"A full-throttle fanfare for those with a predilection for alchemy, adventure, and a little anarchy."—Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Jaleigh Johnson’s The Secrets of Solace:


Highly recommended for those who have finished with Harry and are too young for Katniss.” —SLJ, Starred

An engaging world rich in detail, mayhem, and adventure . . . All aboard for fantasy lovers with a dual penchant for girl power and keeping up with the Indiana Joneses.” —Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Jaleigh Johnson’s The Mark of the Dragonfly:

★ “This magnetic middle-grade debut . . . [is] a page-turner that defies easy categorization and ought to have broad appeal.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred

★ “Heart, brains, and courage find a home in a steampunk fantasy worthy of a nod from Baum.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred

★ “A fantastic and original tale of adventure and magic. . . . Piper is a heroine to fall in love with: smart, brave, kind, and mechanically inclined to boot.” —SLJ, Starred

The Howling Delve (Forgotten Realms: The Dungeons)
ISBN: 0786942789

Wizards of the Coast. 2007

Explore some of the most dangerous places in the Forgotten Realms -- The Dungeons!

An orphan mage returns to the only home she's ever known to find if transformed into a dungeon, her former master missing or trapped within. To make matters worse, the thieves that hold the dungeon won't let her leave --not for supplies, not for help. It will take all of her courage, skill, and magic to survive long enough to figure out what happened to her home.

Mistshore: Ed Greenwood Presents Waterdeep
ISBN: 078694966X

Wizards of the Coast. 2008

Violence and Magic in the Streets of Waterdeep!

Icelin thought she had escaped the horrors of her past--until they come hunting her, forcing her to go to ground. But when things go from bad to worse, and her friends start paying for her mistakes, Icelin learns she has to embrace the talents she fears, accept the past she runs from, and confront those threatening her future.

Ed Greenwood, beloved author and creator of the Forgotten Realms, presents the second book in a brand-new series dedicated to showcasing both the City of Splendors and our most talented up-and-coming authors. A series of stand-alone adventurers, this book and the series to which it belongs are an excellent entry point for new readers interested in the Forgotten Realms.

Unbroken Chain: A Forgotten Realms Novel
ISBN: 0786956267

Wizards of the Coast. 2010

A hero trapped on the edge of light and dark...

Ashok is a shadar-kai of the Shadowfell who is brought to the city of Ikemmu, a haven of shadar-kai who have learned to use their fierce need for adrenalin and danger to better their city and their civilization. Although he starts out eager to find the weaknesses in the strange city’s armor and return with them to his vicious enclave, Ashok finds himself drawn in by the city.

As he struggles to find a balance for himself, his family finds the a way to bring down the city on the Shadowfell’s border.

Unbroken Chain: The Darker Road: A Forgotten Realms Novel (Dungeons & Dragons: Forgotten Realms)
ISBN: 0786955333

Wizards of the Coast. 2011

The witch Ilvani's nightmares of a storm and a suffering soul are luring shadow creatures into Ikemmu, bent on hunting her down and killing her for reasons no one can ascertain. Ashok, however, is determined to find a way to stop it before the shadow creatures destroy the city he worked so hard to save. The trail leads him, the witch Ilvani, Cree, and Skagi along a caravan to Rashemen, where similarly strange attacks are happening among the secretive masked witches of the steppes.


Awards

The Mark of the Dragonfly

  • New York Times Bestseller
  • Starred Review, Publishers Weekly
  • Starred Review, Kirkus
  • Starred Review, School Library Journal
  • ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2015
  • The Secrets of Solace

  • Starred Review, School Library Journal
  • The Quest to the Uncharted Lands

  • Starred Review, School Library Journal

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