Marcia Jones

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Marcia Thornton Jones (born July 15, 1968) is an American writer of children's books, the author or co-author of more than 135 elementary chapter books, picture books, and mid-grade novels, including The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids series, among other works co-written with Debbie Dadey.[1][2]


Jones was born in Joliet, Illinois.[1] She has been an elementary school teacher of first and third grades, computer lab, writing and reading, and Gifted & Talented. She has been a full-time writer since 1990. Her books are published by Scholastic, Tor, Dutton (Penguin Group), Hyperion Press (Disney), and F&W. She lives in Lexington, Kentucky with her husband Stephen.




Jones as sole writer
  • Godzilla Ate My Homework (Scholastic Little Apple, 1997) – chapter book for young readers
  • Champ (Scholastic, 2007) – children's novel
  • The Tale of Jack Frost, illus. Priscilla Burris (Scholastic, 2008) – picture book
  • Leprechaun on the Loose, illus. Cyd Moore (Scholastic, 2008) – picture book
  • Ratfink, illus. C. B. Decker (Dutton Children's Books, 2010) – children's novel
Jones with co-writers


  1. ^ a b "Marcia Thornton Jones:Biography". Scholastic. Retrieved 9 March 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c Marcia Thornton Jones at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database. Retrieved 2014-04-05.
Other sources
  • Jones biography at Scholastic Teachers – with transcript of 1997 interview by Scholastic students

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