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Jessica Scott Kerrin

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Jessica Scott Kerrin is a children’s writer who is best known for her fiction books for boys, including an eight-book series called Martin Bridge, a trilogy called The Lobster Chronicles, two mysteries called The Spotted Dog Last Seen and The Missing Dog is Spotted, her new adventure novel, The Things Owen Wrote, and her first picture book, The Better Tree Fort, which will be published in multiple languages. Literary critics from Horn Book, Kirkus Starred Reviews, School Library Journal, the Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail claim that she adds much-needed male protagonists to early chapter-book readers.

Considered an expert on what boys read, Jessica supports new writers by delivering tailored presentations about writing for boys at conferences and workshops and literary festivals as well as school presentations. She offers book club kits for schools outside of Nova Scotia, Canada, as well as writing mentorships. Jessica also freelances for travel magazines about her family’s outdoor sailing adventures aboard their boat, Cape Fear.

Phone number:
c/o Writers' Union of Canada

Publications

The Better Tree Fort. Groundwood Books, 2018
The Things Owen Wrote. Groundwood Books, 2017
The Missing Dog is Spotted. Groundwood, 2015
The Spotted Dog Last Seen. Groundwood, 2013
The Lobster Chronicles: Spit Feathers. Kids Can Press, 2013
The Lobster Chronicles: A Narrow Escape. Kids Can Press, 2013
The Lobster Chronicles: Lower the Trap. Kids Can Press, 2012
Martin Bridge: Onwards and Upwards. Kids Can Press, 2009
Martin Bridge: The Sky's the Limit. Kids Can Press, 2008
Martin Bridge: In High Gear. Kids Can Press, 2008
Martin Bridge: Out of Orbit. Kids Can Press, 2007
Martin Bridge: Sound the Alarm. Kids Can Press, 2007
Martin Bridge: Blazing Ahead. Kids Can Press, 2006
Martin Bridge: On the Lookout. Kids Can Press, 2005
Martin Bridge: Ready for Takeoff. Kids Can Press, 2005

Awards

Nominated for the Blue Spruce Award for The Better Tree Fort, 2019
Shortlisted for the Rocky Mountain Book Award for The Spotted Dog Last Seen, 2015
Shortlisted for the Manitoba Young Readers Award for The Spotted Dog Last Seen, 2015
Shortlisted for the John Spray Mystery Award for The Spotted Dog Last Seen, 2014
Shortlisted for the Best Children's Book Award, Canadian Library Association for The Spotted Dog Last Seen, 2014
Top 100 Books for 2013, New York Public Library for The Spotted Dog Last Seen, 2013
Eligible for National Public Readings Program :
Yes

WITS

Presentation Description

Jessica Scott Kerrin is a children’s writer who is best known for her fiction books for boys, including an eight-book series called Martin Bridge, a trilogy called The Lobster Chronicles, two mysteries called The Spotted Dog Last Seen and The Missing Dog is Spotted, her new adventure novel, The Things Owen Wrote and her first picture book, The Better Tree Fort, which will be published in multiple languages. Literary critics from Horn Book, Kirkus Starred Reviews, School Library Journal, the Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail claim that she adds much-needed male protagonists to early chapter-book readers.

Jessica grew up on the Canadian Prairies, and although she enjoyed school, she had a terrible secret. She was a lousy speller. This made it tough because she really liked to write. It turns out that a lot of writers can’t spell, and Jessica figured this out when she got her first award for creative writing, back in grade three. On the trophy, her writing teacher had misspelled her name! Since then, Jessica tries, as much as she can, to write about experiences she finds funny, like that one.

Today, she lives with her family and their dog Ivy in downtown Halifax in a house that is close to 150 years old. The floors slope, and all of Ivy's rubber balls end up in one corner.

Presentation Length:
45 minutes to 1 hour
Genre:
Children's
Grades:
K-6
Audience size:
30 - 100
Workshop Description:

Jessica’s jam-packed presentation to young writers is a behind-the-scenes look at the everyday experiences that she writes stories about. She includes props, audience participation, a short reading and video clips sure to keep students engaged and glued to their seats. They will learn how to identify sources around them for creative inspiration, understand how brainstorming works to launch a writing assignment, discover how to take an idea and shape it into a story, and develop an appreciation for editing and good writing habits.

Reported outcomes following her visits include an increase in library borrowing, an enhanced understanding of the writing process, a surge in creativity, and, the application of new techniques for creative writing. Often, students will declare that they'll be writers when they grow up, too!

For K-3: Her new picture book, The Better Tree Fort, will be featured and it has been nominated for a 2019 Blue Spruce Award. Jessica shares an interest in birding with the characters in her story, and she will include a fun mini-lesson on local birdsongs during her presentation.

For 4-6: Her latest (2018) travel mystery, The Things Owen Wrote, will be featured, having garnered considerable positive reviews. In this story, Jessica explores the relationship between a boy and his ailing grandfather.

Maximum number of students per session: 40 – 200 (flexible)

Preferred venues: library or auditorium work best

Equipment requirements: The venue will provide a table for Jessica’s equipment, a microphone for groups over 100, and a screen or whiteboard. Jessica brings the rest (her own projector, speakers, and laptop).

 

Northern OAC WITS:
Yes
One session:
$$300 plus $50 to help defray travel costs
Two sessions:
$$550 plus $100 to help defray travel costs
Three sessions:
$$750 plus $150 to help defray travel costs
Four sessions:
$$900 plus $200 to help defray travel costs
GST:
GST not applicable