Middle Grade Author
“Through detailed imagery, the use of hashtag vocabulary, and the unique juxtaposition of the dolphins with KT’s own journey, Paddock has created a well-rounded and fun story that middle grade readers will enjoy. VERDICT Sweet, inspirational realistic fiction for anyone who has had to start over again." -- School Library Journal
“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.” -- Kirkus ReviewsOrder Now!
Jessie Paddock is the author of Gemini Academy, The Crush Necklace, The Secrets Necklace, Swimming with Dolphins, The Luck Necklace (2022), and The Future Necklace (2022), all published by Scholastic. Jessie is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and The New School’s Writing for Children MFA program. She’s lived in New York City for a while now, though she still sometimes misses her hometown of Atlanta. Jessie loves soccer, ice cream cones with extra sprinkles, and riding her bike to places she’s never been.
Swimming with Dolphins
The Secrets Necklace
The Crush Necklace
Available at Scholastic Books Fairs
I’d love to visit your school - librarians and educators, please reach out!
I have five years experience working as a teaching artist at numerous public elementary and middle schools throughout the New York City area. I lead both interactive presentations and writing workshops and am happy to tailor the visit based on specific needs and interests. Past writing workshops include: Research and Fiction Go Together Like…(finding inspiration from facts), How to Start: relying on your inner expert, and collaborative storytelling activities.
To account for COVID precautions, I will be doing virtual visits via Zoom, Skype, or any other platform most convenient for the school.
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