Hi, and welcome to my website. Here you can find out about me, my books (including the newest, Furious), and my work as a journalist. If you’re looking for book report help or for information about school visits, you’ve come to the right place.
For the most up-to-date info, including my schedule, contests (with prizes!) and random stuff that’s on my mind, check out my blogs. And don’t forget to take a peak in my junk drawer.
The Official Boring Bio
Jill Wolfson was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After attending Temple University, she worked as a journalist for newspapers and magazines around the country, such as the Fort Lauderdale (Florida) Sun-Sentinel and San Jose (California) Mercury News. Her award-winning novels for young people include What I Call Life; Home, and Other Big, Fat Lies; Cold Hands, Warm Heart, and Furious, all published by Henry Holt.
Jill has taught writing at several universities and is a long-time volunteer in a writing program for incarcerated teens. She lives in a beach town in Northern California.
For more interesting stuff, see the FAQs.
Want Me to Visit Your School, Library or Book Club?
Yes, I would love to! In person or by Skype. My basic in-person presentation runs 30–45 minutes and can be tailored to the age, size of group and purpose of my visit. I’m very flexible in working with your school or library to fit specific curriculum and budget needs.
For assembly and library presentations (up to 100 students), I share my own process of writing—where fiction comes from, the role of imagination, how I draw on my own childhood, parenting and my long career as a journalist. My hope is to inspire young authors to believe in themselves, to find their own voice and to see the wealth of stories in their own seemingly ordinary experiences.
Cost: Contact me. My fee is very reasonable. (Additional travel expenses outside of the San Francisco Bay Area, my home base). Discounts for multiple schools or libraries in the same area, so it pays to team up! I also provide a discount for my visit if book sales are arranged and promoted in advance, and time is set aside for signing on the day of my appearance. Please don’t let your budget stop you from contacting me.
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Books for Young Readers
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