JEANETTE INGOLD is the author of Christopher and Spur Award-winning historical fiction and contemporary novels for young adults and middle school readers. She was one of thirteen children’s writers honored at Laura Bush Celebrates America’s Authors activities, and her novel HITCH was a National Endowment for the Humanities/American Library Association We the People Bookshelf choice.
Jeanette began her writing career in a newsroom, putting together obituaries and boiling down press releases. As reporter, columnist, and the Missoulian’s Western Montana editor, she gained experience she would later put into PAPER DAUGHTER, about a journalism intern whose investigations lead to her own Asian-American heritage. It earned an Oppenheimer Gold Seal, and VOYA magazine called it “a must read for those who love mysteries and family history.”
With themes of resilience and perseverance, integrity, responsibility, and personal growth, Jeanette’s books feature realistic teen characters who face challenges and hard times head on. Their courage inspires young readers to look into themselves for their own capabilities and strengths.
HITCH tells the story of seventeen-year-old Moss Trawnley, who turns to work in the Civilian Conservation Corps, the CCC, as a way out of the poverty and homelessness of the 1930s Great Depression. A Society of School Librarians International Best Book, HITCH was honored with a Christopher Award, an award established to salute works that “affirm the highest values of the human spirit.”
THE BIG BURN is an action-packed Montana Book Award honor book and Western Writers of America Spur Award for Teen Fiction winner that VOYA called “a must-read for adrenalin junkies.” Portraying a devastating 1910 wildfire from the viewpoints of multiple fictional characters and through innovative, short non-fiction outtakes, it’s been featured in One Book-One Community programs, and schools have used it across the curriculum, from English to science classes.
Jeanette’s interest in twentieth century United States history plays a part in all of her books, which are known for the careful research, wealth of fact, and authentic voices that go into them. The New York Times Book Review called the aviation details she wove into AIRFIELD “engrossing,” and the New York Public Library named AIRFIELD a Book for the Teen Age.
The experiences of people who know blindness firsthand guided Jeanette’s writing of THE WINDOW, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and International Reading Association Young Adults’ Choice.
Adolescents as talented as the teenage violinist at the center of MOUNTAIN SOLO provided their take on the power of music, and Jeanette’s own memories of the pleasures of playing violin in a high school orchestra also went into it.
Jeanette and her husband live in a mountain valley in Montana, at the edge of woods that stretch into wilderness. When Jeanette’s not writing, she’s often out in the
forest, exploring and taking pictures and thinking about what adventure she’d like to write next.