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Jasmine Warga

Born: 1988 in Cincinnati, Ohio
Connection to Illinois: Warga currently resides in Chicago.

Biography: Jasmine Warga is an award-winning author for young adults. She briefly taught 6th grade science in Texas before going on to get her MFA in creative writing from Lesley University in Boston. There, she quickly discovered that writing for kids and teens was the perfect combination of her dual interests in storytelling and working with kids.

  • The Shape of Thunder - Best Book of 2021 by The Boston Globe, 2021 Goodreads Award Nominee, Summer 2021 IndieNext Selection, Junior Library Guild Selection, Barnes & Noble Best Book Of May 2021 Selection, A Chapters Indigo Best Book of 2021 Selection, 2022 Texas Lonestar List Selection, 2022-2023 South Carolina Association of School Libraries Junior Book Award Nominee, 2022-2023 Georgia Children’s Book Award Nominee, 2022 Wisconsin State Reading Association Recommendation, Named a Best Book of 2021 by The Boston Globe 2021 Goodreads Award Nominee Summer 2021 IndieNext Selection Junior Library Guild Selection Barnes & Noble Best Book Of May 2021 Selection A Chapters Indigo Best Book of 2021 Selection 2022 Texas Lonestar List Selection 2022-2023 South Carolina Association of School Libraries Junior Book Award Nominee 2022-2023 Georgia Children’s Book Award Nominee 2022 Wisconsin State Reading Association Recommendation, Illinois Reads Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2022

Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Children; Young adult readers


Selected Titles

Here We Are Now
ISBN: 0062324705 OCLC:

Balzer + Bray 2017

While her mother is out of town, sixteen-year-old Taliah accompanies her estranged father--a famous rock star who one day appears on her doorstep--to Oak Falls, Indiana, to meet his dying father and the rest of his family, and on the way, Taliah learns about how her parents met and separated, her mother's experience as a Jordanian immigrant, and her own ability to accept change and open up to others.

My Heart and Other Black Holes
ISBN: 0062324683 OCLC:

Balzer + Bray 2016

Sixteen-year-old physics nerd Aysel is obsessed with plotting her own death. With a mother who can barely look at her without wincing, classmates who whisper behind her back, and a father whose violent crime rocked her small town, Aysel is ready to turn her potential energy into nothingness. There's only one problem: she's not sure she has the courage to do it alone. But once she discovers a website with a section called Suicide Partners, Aysel's convinced she's found her solution Roman, a teenage boy who's haunted by a family tragedy, is looking for a partner. Even though Aysel and Roman have nothing in common, they slowly start to fill in each other's broken lives. But as their suicide pact becomes more concrete, Aysel begins to question whether she really wants to go through with it. Ultimately, she must choose between wanting to die or trying to convince Roman to live so they can discover the potential of their energy together.

Other Words for Home
ISBN: 0062747800 OCLC:

Balzer + Bray 2019

Sent with her mother to the safety of a relative's home in Cincinnati when her Syrian hometown is overshadowed by violence, Jude worries for the family members who were left behind as she adjusts to a new life with unexpected surprises.

The Shape of Thunder
ISBN: 0062956671 OCLC:

Told in their alternating voices, twelve-year-old neighbors and former best friends Cora Hamed and Quinn McCauley begin working together to open a wormhole so they can travel through time to prevent the school shooting that resulted in the deaths of Cora's sister and Quinn's brother.