Jennifer L. Holm

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Jennifer L. Holm
Born 1968
California, USA
Occupation Writer and illustrator
Nationality American
Period 1999–present
Notable works
  • Babymouse
  • Squish
  • The Stink Files
  • Our Only May Amelia
  • Middle School is Worse Than Meatloaf
  • Turtle in Paradise

Jennifer L. Holm is an American children's writer, and recipient of three Newbery Honors and the Eisner Award.[1][2]


Holm, born in 1968,[3] in California[4] was raised in Audubon, Pennsylvania with her four brothers. After graduating from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, she worked in television and later began to write.[3] Our Only May Amelia, the story of a 12-year-old girl living in the late 19th century, inspired by a diary written by her great aunt, became her first published novel and was a 2000 Newbery Honor Book. Holm also has written a series featuring Jane Peck, a young woman living in the 1850s (Boston Jane: An Adventure, Boston Jane: Wilderness Days and Boston Jane: The Claim); The Creek, a horror thriller; Babymouse, a series of graphic novels for children illustrated by her brother Matthew; and The Stink Files, a series co-written with her husband Jonathan Hamel featuring James Edward Bristlefur, a cat raised by a British secret agent who is adopted by an American family and renamed Mr. Stink after his owner is murdered. Penny from Heaven, a story set in the 1950s featuring an 11-year-old Italian-American girl, was a 2007 Newbery Honor recipient. Turtle in Paradise, which is set in the Great Depression in Key West, Florida, was a 2011 Newbery Honor recipient. Babymouse for President won the 2013 Eisner Award for Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 7).

Our Only May Amelia has been adapted for the stage by John Olive. The River Theater in Astoria, Oregon performed it for its 2006 summer run, in conjunction with FinnFest USA '06. The events of the play (and book) were set just north of Astoria in Naselle, Washington.

Holm currently lives in California with her husband and two children.[4]


  • Our Only May Amelia (1999) - Newbery Honor
  • The Creek (2003)
  • Middle School Is Worse Than Meatloaf: A Year Told Through Stuff (2007)
  • Penny from Heaven (2007) - Newbery Honor
  • Turtle in Paradise (2010) - Newbery Honor
  • The Trouble with May Amelia (2011)
  • The Fourteenth Goldfish (2014)

Boston Jane novel series[edit]

  • An Adventure (2001)
  • Wilderness Days (2002)
  • The Claim (2004)

Babymouse Series[edit]

  • Queen of the World (2005)
  • Our Hero (2005)
  • Beach Babe (2006)
  • Rock Star (2006)
  • Heartbreaker (2006)
  • Camp Babymouse (2007)
  • Skater Girl (2007)
  • Puppy Love (2007)
  • Monster Mash (2008)
  • The Musical (2009)
  • Dragonslayer (2009)
  • Burns Rubber (2010)
  • Cupcake Tycoon (2010)
  • Mad Scientist (2011)
  • A Very Babymouse Christmas (2011)
  • Babymouse for President (2012) - Eisner Award.
  • Extreme Babymouse (2013)
  • Happy Birthday Babymouse (2014)
  • Bad Babysitter (2015)

The Stink Files series[edit]

  • The Postman Always Brings Mice (2004) (with Jonathan Hamel)
  • To Scratch a Thief (2004) (with Jonathan Hamel)
  • You Only Have Nine Lives (2005) (with Jonathan Hamel)

Squish series[edit]

  • Squish: Super Ameoba (2011)
  • Squish: Brave New Pond (2011)
  • Squish: The Power Of The Parasite (2012)
  • Squish: Captain Disaster (2012)
  • Squish: Game On! (2013)
  • Squish: Fear the Amoeba (2014)
  • Squish: Deadly Disease of Doom (2015)


  1. ^ "Newbery Medal and Honor Books, 1922-Present". American Library Association. Retrieved 26 March 2010. 
  2. ^ "Will Eisner Award past Winners". Comic Con Eisner Awards. Retrieved 2014-06-22. 
  3. ^ a b "Jennifer L. Holm (1968-) Biography". Retrieved 26 March 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Random House Speakers Bureau, "Jennifer L. Holm". Accessed December 8, 2013.

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