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Individual Author Record

General Information


Pen Name: None

Genre: C:YOUNG ADULT Fiction



Illinois Connection

Foley is a native Chicagoan. She lives on the Northwest side of the city where she was born and raised.

Biographical and Professional Information

Jessie Ann Foley is a teacher and writer whose debut novel, ''The Carnival at Bray'', was named a Printz honor book by the American Library Association, shortlisted for YALSA's 2015 William C. Morris Award, and named a Top Ten Book of 2015 by YALSA and a Best Teen Book of 2014 by Kirkus Reviews.

A graduate of Columbia College in Chicago, she taught English at Chicago's Taft High School for ten years before becoming a full-time writer.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- """The Carnival at Bray"""

-- *Printz Honor Book, 2014

-- *Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults Titlem YALSA, 2014

-- *Best Books of the Year, Kirkus Reviews, 2014

-- *Favorite book of the Year, New York Public Library, 2014

-- *Best Books, Chicago Weekly, 2014

-- *Helen Sheehan YA Book Prize, 2014

-- *Finalist, William C. Morris Award for debut YA fiction

-- *Finalist, Young Readers’ Choice Awards, Pennsylvania

-- *TAYSHAS reading list selection, Texas Library Association

-- *Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults, ALA, 2015

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

-- *Finalist, Housatonic Book Awards, 2015

-- *ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2016


-- """Neighborhood Girls"""

-- *Best Books for Youth List, Booklist Editor's Choice, 2017

-- *Best Fiction for Young Adults Title, YALSA, 2018

-- *Starred Review, Booklist


-- """Sorry for Your Loss"""

-- *Starred Review, ALA Booklist

-- *Finalist, Georgia Peach Book Awards

-- *Maine North Star YA Award

-- *Young People's Literature Award, Friends of American Writers

-- *Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection, 2019

-- *Best Fiction for Young Adults Title, YALSA, 2020

-- *ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2020

-- *Sequoya Book Awards Masterlist Title, Oklahoma Library Association, 2021


-- "You Know I'm No Good"

-- *Illinois Reads Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2022