Jandy Nelson

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Jandy Nelson
Nelson in 2014.
Nelson in 2014.
Born (1965-11-25) November 25, 1965 (age 53)
New York
GenreChildren's books, Young adult, novels
Notable worksThe Sky Is Everywhere
I'll Give You the Sun
Notable awardsMichael L. Printz Award

2015 I'll Give You the Sun

Stonewall Honor
2015 I'll Give You the Sun

Jandy Nelson (born 1965) is an American author of young adult fiction. Prior to her career as an author, Nelson worked for 13 years as a literary agent. She holds a BA from Cornell University as well as MFAs in poetry and children's writing from Brown University and Vermont College of Fine Arts. Nelson lives in San Francisco, California.[1]


Nelson's 2010 novel, The Sky Is Everywhere, follows seventeen-year-old Lennie Walker as she copes with her sister's death. Torn between loss and self-discovery, Lennie must learn to be the lead player in her own life. The Sky Is Everywhere was a Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) selection for Best Fiction for Young Adults;[2] made numerous appearances on best-of-the-year lists, including those for National Public Radio (NPR),[3] the Chicago Public Library[4] and The Horn Book Magazine;[5] and as of April 2015 had been published in over 20 countries.

Nelson's second novel, New York Times bestseller I'll Give You the Sun, was published in 2014; it is about close but highly competitive twins Noah and Jude. A series of family tragedies, cruelties and misunderstandings creates a rift between the two; only after they come back together do they begin to understand themselves and set their world right again. I'll Give You the Sun won the Printz Award, a Stonewall Honor,[6] and Bank Street College of Education's Josette Frank Award.[7] It was a 2014 California Book Awards Young Adult Finalist.[8] It was listed on numerous best-of-the-year lists, including the 2015 YALSA Top 10 Best Fiction for Young Adults,[9] NPR's Guide To 2014's Great Reads,[10] Time magazine's Top 10 YA Books,[11] and the American Library Association Rainbow List Top 10.[12] As of April 2015, I'll Give You the Sun had been published in 25 countries and optioned by Warner Bros. for a film to be written by Natalie Krinsky and produced by Denise Di Novi and Allison Greenspan.[13]


  1. ^ Walker Books: Jandy Nelson. Retrieved 13 April 2016
  2. ^ Finder, YALSA Book. "Search results - YALSA Book Finder". www.ala.org.
  3. ^ "Oh, To Be Young: The Year's Best Teen Reads".
  4. ^ "Best Teen Fiction of 2010 - Chicago Public Library". BiblioCommons.
  5. ^ http://archive.hbook.com/resources/books/fanfare/fanfare11.asp
  6. ^ JCARMICHAEL (6 February 2015). "American Library Association announces 2015 youth media award winners".
  7. ^ "Bank Street - Awards". www.bankstreet.edu.
  8. ^ "84th Annual California Book Awards Winners".
  9. ^ NGILBERT (3 February 2015). "2015 Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults".
  10. ^ "NPR's Book Concierge".
  11. ^ "Top 10 YA Books of 2014". Time. 2 December 2014.
  12. ^ "2015 Rainbow Book List".
  13. ^ McNary, Dave (24 June 2014). "Jandy Nelson's 'I'll Give You the Sun' Movie in the Works at Warner Bros". Variety.

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