Jessie Paddock

Middle Grade Author


"Paddock sympathetically explores homesickness and the anxious awkwardness of making friends... Readers taking the plunge into new activities or new places will appreciate this uplifting tale." Read More

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Hi, I’m Jessie

I hold a BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and an MFA in Writing for Children from The New School. I have lived in New York City for a while now, although I sometimes still miss my hometown of Atlanta. I love to play soccer and ride my bike to places I’ve never been.

Books

Swimming with Dolphins

Swimming with Dolphins

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The Secrets Necklace

The Secrets Necklace

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The Crush Necklace

The Crush Necklace

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Swimming with Dolphins

Swimming with Dolphins

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The Crush Necklace

The Crush Necklace

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Swimming with Dolphins
When 12-year-old KT Wynn learns that she has to move from Iowa City to Florida, she's distraught. Not only does she have to leave behind her best friends and the only home she's ever known, she also has to deal with being the new kid in school. And she's especially worried about how her wheelchair, Sprinkles, will affect things. On the bright side, she'll still have her big sister, Lucy, with her, and she'll even get to see a dolphin-her favorite animal!-for the very first time. In fact, KT has always dreamed of swimming with a dolphin, and with the help of her sister, she's determined to make it happen. But when she meets Cola for the first time, he's not what she expected. Will KT be able to overcome her fear and gain the confidence to take the plunge?
The Secrets Necklace
What if you could learn your friends’ secrets?
Penny Hoppe isn’t having much fun in middle school, but now her luck might be changing: Her new necklace is a mind-reader! Whenever she wears it, Penny can hear the thoughts of those around her—and their innermost secrets. Can she use her new power to finally fit in? Or will she uncover more than she bargained for?
Gemini Academy
At Gemini Academy, everyone is a twin. The Sun twins love tradition, organization, and being model students in Sun School while, naturally, the Moon twins love chaos and breaking the rules. Everything works smoothly until twins Gloria and Greta feel out of sorts in their respective schools. When they decide to switch places, chaos ensues and things start getting weird: cloudiness in Sun School and flowers in Moon School?! Can the students come together to ultimately create harmony? Presented in a fun, magic sequin format.
The Crush Necklace
What if you could know how your crush feels about you?
Ramona “Moni” Hayes and her best friend, Grace, think the vintage necklace they find at the thrift store is cute—but what they don’t realize is that it has special powers. That is, not until Moni puts it on and finds out she can tell how her secret crush, Johnny Shim, feels about her! Obviously, Moni has to use the necklace to win Johnny’s affections. But as her obsession with the necklace increases, so does the tension between Grace and Moni. Will winning her crush mean losing her best friend?
Swimming with Dolphins
When 12-year-old KT Wynn learns that she has to move from Iowa City to Florida, she's distraught. Not only does she have to leave behind her best friends and the only home she's ever known, she also has to deal with being the new kid in school. And she's especially worried about how her wheelchair, Sprinkles, will affect things. On the bright side, she'll still have her big sister, Lucy, with her, and she'll even get to see a dolphin-her favorite animal!-for the very first time. In fact, KT has always dreamed of swimming with a dolphin, and with the help of her sister, she's determined to make it happen. But when she meets Cola for the first time, he's not what she expected. Will KT be able to overcome her fear and gain the confidence to take the plunge?
Gemini Academy
At Gemini Academy, everyone is a twin. The Sun twins love tradition, organization, and being model students in Sun School while, naturally, the Moon twins love chaos and breaking the rules. Everything works smoothly until twins Gloria and Greta feel out of sorts in their respective schools. When they decide to switch places, chaos ensues and things start getting weird: cloudiness in Sun School and flowers in Moon School?! Can the students come together to ultimately create harmony? Presented in a fun, magic sequin format.
The Crush Necklace
What if you could know how your crush feels about you?
Ramona “Moni” Hayes and her best friend, Grace, think the vintage necklace they find at the thrift store is cute—but what they don’t realize is that it has special powers. That is, not until Moni puts it on and finds out she can tell how her secret crush, Johnny Shim, feels about her! Obviously, Moni has to use the necklace to win Johnny’s affections. But as her obsession with the necklace increases, so does the tension between Grace and Moni. Will winning her crush mean losing her best friend?

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