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Jessica Spotswood


Jessica Spotswood

Jessica Spotswood is the author of The Cahill Witch Chronicles. The first book in the trilogy, BORN WICKED, is now available from Putnam. She love reading books about independent girls who still get in a fair amount of swoony kissing, so that's what she tried to write.

Jessica Spotswood

Books by Jessica Spotswood

by Tess Sharpe and Jessica Spotswood - Anthology, Fantasy, Young Adult 12+
TOIL & TROUBLE features fifteen stories of girls embracing witchcraft. A young witch uses social media to connect with her astrology clients, and with a NASA-loving girl as cute as she is skeptical. A priestess of death investigates a ritualized murder. A bruja who cures lovesickness might need the remedy herself when she falls in love with an altar boy. A theater production is turned upside down by a visiting churel. A water witch uses her magic to survive the soldiers who have invaded her desert oasis. A group of girls accused of witchcraft must find their collective power in order to destroy their captors.
by Jessica Spotswood - Coming of Age, Family, Fiction, Young Adult 14+
As the oldest, Des shoulders a lot of responsibility for her family and their independent bookstore. Except it's hard to dream big when she's so busy taking care of everyone else. Vi has a crush on the girl next door. It makes her happy and nervous, but Cece has a boyfriend... Kat lands the lead in the community theater's summer play, but the drama spills offstage when her ex and his new girlfriend are cast too. Bea and her boyfriend are heading off to college together in the fall, just like they planned when they started dating. But Bea isn't sure she wants the same things as when she was thirteen...
Edited by Jessica Spotswood - Anthology, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Women's Fiction, Women's History, Young Adult 13+

Join 15 of today’s most talented writers of young adult literature on a thrill ride through history with American girls charting their own course. They are monsters and mediums, bodyguards and barkeeps, screenwriters and schoolteachers, heiresses and hobos. They're making their own way in often-hostile lands, using every weapon in their arsenals, facing down murderers and marriage proposals. And they all have a story to tell.

Edited by Jessica Spotswood - Anthology, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Women's History, Women’s Issues, Young Adult 13+

To respect yourself, to love yourself, should not have to be a radical decision. And yet it remains as challenging for an American girl to make today as it was in 1927 on the steps of the Supreme Court. It’s a decision that must be faced when you’re balancing on the tightrope of neurodivergence, finding your way as a second-generation immigrant, or facing down American racism. In THE RADICAL ELEMENT, 12 of the most talented writers working in young adult literature today tell the stories of girls of all colors and creeds standing up for themselves and their beliefs — and they’re asking you to join them.

by Jessica Spotswood - Family, Family Life, Fiction, Young Adult 13+
The summer before Ivy's senior year is going to be golden-all bonfires, barbeques and spending time with her best friends. No summer classes, none of Granddad's intense expectations to live up to the family name. For generations, the Milbourn women have lead extraordinary lives --- and died young and tragically. Granddad calls it a legacy, but Ivy considers it a curse. Why else would her mother have run off and abandoned her as a child? But when her mother unexpectedly returns home with two young daughters in tow, all of the stories Ivy wove to protect her heart start to unravel. 
by Jessica Spotswood - Fiction

With the Brotherhood persecuting witches like never before, a divided Sisterhood desperately needs Cate to come into her Prophesied powers. And after Cate's friend Sachi is arrested for using magic, a war-thirsty Sister offers to help her find answers—if Cate is willing to endanger everyone she loves.

by Jessica Spotswood - Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Young Adult 12+

Everybody knows Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric. But the truth is even worse: they're witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, a prison ship --- or an early grave.