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Jacqueline West is an American poet and the New York Times bestselling author of middle grade series, The Books of Elsewhere.

She has also authored the young adult novels Dreamers Often Lie (2016) and Last Things (2019), and middle grade fantasy The Collectors (2018).

Jacqueline currently lives with her family in Red Wing, Minnesota.

More about Jacqueline West

Genres: Fantasy / SF, Young Adult

Born: 1979

United States


Non Series

  • Dreamers Often Lie (2016)
  • Candle and Pins (2018)
  • Last Things (2019)

The Books of Elsewhere

  1. The Shadows (2010)
  2. Spellbound (2011)
  3. The Second Spy (2012)
  4. The Strangers (2013)
  5. Still Life (2014)

The Carnival of the Night

  1. Pickpockets and Prophecies (2015)

The Collectors Books

  1. The Collectors (2018)
  2. The Collectors: A Storm of Wishes (2019)

The Story Pirates Present Books

  1. Digging Up Danger (2019)
The Carnival of the Night
The Story Pirates Present Books

Detailed book overview

Non Series

Dreamers Often Lie

Waking up from a skiiing accident, Jaye is welcomed with a fractured skull, a terrible headache, and a fading touch with reality.

Committed to return to her starring role in the school production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, Jaye lies to everyone that she is fine, not sparing her sister, her mom, and her doctors.

The hidden truth however is that Jaye has hallucinations of Shakespeare and his characters which are now troubling her in the high school halls.

She however manages to contain the situation, until Romeo shows up in her anatomy class—a 100 percent real.

For how long will she keep putting on the act?

Author: Jacqueline West
First Release: 2016
Ebook: B00Y9HIMJQ
Publisher: Dial Books
Candle and Pins

The poems in "Candle and Pins" are inspired by the familiar and somewhat unfamiliar superstitions, from love charms to burial customs, parsley seeds to the evil eye.

Like superstitions themselves, these poems look at the terrain where magic and everyday life entwined, and where beauty, terror, fear, and belief combine in both new and old ways.

Author: Jacqueline West
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-1087815046
Publisher: Alban Lake Publishing
Last Things

High school senior Anders Thorson is an incredibly gifted guy.

His band, Last Things, is known all over his hometown in northern Minnesota.

Gifted with unreal guitar skills, he is admired by everyone, despite the fact that he is only eighteen years old.

Thea Malcom, who has recently moved to the town, is one of his admirers.

Amazed by his unique gift, she always goes wherever Anders goes: be it gigs at the local coffeehouse, guitar lessons, or even in the forest near Anders’s home.

So when mysterious things start happening to Anders, Thea is fully blamed for it.

Is she trying to hurt him, or save him?

Author: Jacqueline West
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-0062875075
Publisher: Greenwillow Books

The Books of Elsewhere

The Shadows

Eleven-year-old Olive can’t help but feel an eerie sense when she moves with her parents to a dilapidated mansion on Linden Street.

It’s however not until she encounters three talking cats that she realizes just how magical the place is.

And when she comes across a pair of relic spectacles in a dirty drawer, Olive makes the most shocking discovery yet: she can travel inside the house’s mysterious paintings to an entirely different realm that is quite quiet and ominous.

Caught up in a dark and dangerous mystery in Elsewhere, Olive will need the help of the cats, and an unusual boy she meets if she is to overcome the power determined to destroy her.

Author: Jacqueline West
First Release: 2010
ISBN: 978-0142418727
Publisher: Puffin Books

Olive's friend Morton finds himself ensnared in Elsewhere, with no way possible way of entering into the mansion’s mystical paintings and its three guardian cats hesitant to help.

Not all hope is however lost, as Olive learns when Rutherford, the new oddball kid next door, mentions a spellbook going by the name grimoire.

If Olive finds the McMartin house's spellbook, she could very well help Morton escape Elsewhere forever.

But what if the book finds her first?

The house isn't the only one hiding secrets anymore.

And the events that will ensue will be as thrilling as they will be unprecedented.

Author: Jacqueline West
First Release: 2011
ISBN: 978-0142421024
Publisher: Puffin Books
The Second Spy

Although a lot of frightening events have happened to Olive in the old McMartin house, none is as terrifying as starting junior high—at least that’s what she thought.

But upon falling through a hole in her backyard, Olive makes a shocking discovery that makes her change her mind.

Not only is the evil Annabelle McMartin back, but there also happens to be a secret underground that unleashes two of Elsewhere's biggest, mightiest and most destructive forces yet.

But with the cats acting mistrustful, her best friend threatening to move away, and Morton starting to revolt, will Olive unravel the mystery before it’s too late?

Author: Jacqueline West
First Release: 2012
ISBN: 978-0142426081
Publisher: Puffin Books
The Strangers

“Olive thought that she had unraveled all the secrets in the McMartin’s house. She was mistaken.”

Something dear to Olive mysteriously vanishes after strangers visit Linden Street on Halloween night.

Will she be willing to do anything to get it back? Should she trust the strangers? Will she seek help from a perilous magic within the paintings of Elsewhere?

Or will she entrust the safety of her home and the people she loves in her own worst enemies?

As the stakes grow higher, the secrets get deadlier, there will be plenty of mystery and magic as Olive, the boys, and the magical cats endeavor to unfurl the real nature of the old mansion on Linden Street.

Author: Jacqueline West
First Release: 2013
ISBN: 978-0142425756
Publisher: Puffin Books
Still Life

Although Annabelle McMartin is gone, something more sinister watches and patiently waits—preparing to strike.

A field trip to the local art museum then changes everything.

What Olive unearths triggers a series of events that enables her to uncover things that she would rather not find out about.

The discoveries she makes involve Morton's parents, who mysteriously disappeared, and the very darkest roots of Aldous McMartin's mysterious painted world.

What sacrifices will Olive make in an effort to save the people and home that she loves so dearly? And will it comes at a huge cost?

Author: Jacqueline West
First Release: 2014
ISBN: 978-0142422977
Publisher: Puffin Books

The Carnival of the Night

Pickpockets and Prophecies

Ella Moore prefers to live a simple life.

It’s just the way she likes it, given her ability to predict exactly when you'll die with nothing more than a simple touch.

Samuel Kane is an unapologetic thief. He has strived hard to get where he is.

Looking for a little old rush, Sam goes to pick pocket a beautiful girl—except this time round, he picks the wrong girl.

Ella now knows the terrible danger that lies ahead for Sam, and no one else can save him except her.

Even worse is that it’s going to happen tonight.

Will she manage to keep Sam alive until daybreak?

Author: Jacqueline West
First Release: 2015
Ebook: B0149HT1TK

The Collectors Books

The Collectors

Van has always felt like the odd one out.

He’s not able to hear well, collects trinkets, and lives with his opera-singing single mother who has a big personality.

Everything however changes one day when Van notices a girl stealing pennies from a fountain.

Following the girl, who is called Pebble, Van unveils an underground society full of wishes and the people who collect them.

Not all wishes are however good. Sometimes even the good ones have unplanned outcomes.

Although the Collectors have made it their responsibility to protect us, they are certainly not the only ones interested in the world’s wishes.

Author: Jacqueline West
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-0062691705
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
The Collectors: A Storm of Wishes

A couple of weeks have passed since Van discovered the mysterious society called the Collectors which protect us from the unplanned consequences of even the smallest of wishes.

And given the recent turn of activities, Van knows just how wishes can sometimes go amiss.

When his mother is offered a position at the famous Fox Den Opera, she moves with him to their new home hoping that it will be a much safer place for them.

Fox Den however hosts an ancient Wish Eater who fulfills wishes with dire consequences.

Will Van and the Collectors be able to stop Mr. Falborg from getting his hands on the Wish Eater before it’s too late?

Author: Jacqueline West
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-0062691736
Publisher: Greenwillow Books

The Story Pirates Present Books

Digging Up Danger

Eliza is a passionate ghost hunter.

She won’t however be hunting any ghosts this summer, as she’ll be helping her scientist mother to study creepy plants.

When a mysterious plant disappears without a trace, things go from strange to frightening really quickly.

Is someone, or something, haunting the plant shop?

And in wanting to uncover the mystery, is Eliza treading on dangerous waters?

This thrilling mystery also acts as an introduction to the basics of creative writing.

With the help of Story Pirate Captain Vincent Rolo and the Mystery Creation Zone, kids can use the story in this children’s book as inspiration to create their own amazing mysteries.

Author: Jacqueline West
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-0593123799
Publisher: Yearling