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What motivates you as a writer?

As a writer, I'm motivated to write middle grade books by a lot of things, but one motivator really stands out for me, especially on days when I need a bit extra to get the words down on the page. That motivation comes from the children who struggle to find a favorite book or favorite series. I liked reading when I was young, but I didn't love reading. I didn't devour books. But I devoured the few books that really resonated with me. So these are the children that I truly write for...the ones who think they don't love to read because they haven't found a book they really connect with...the perfect book for them! 

What types of books do you like to read?


As an adult, I'm still not a voracious reader but I read as often as I can. I love connecting with a book and finding a new favorite. For me that's pure bliss! I read pretty slowly though so I'm not someone who reads fifty books each year. I love YA books and middle grade books most of all, especially magical realism and contemporary. 

How has becoming a writer affected your own reading habits?

The biggest problem for me though, especially since I became an author, is that I can't read a book while I'm drafting one of my own. In order to write well, I need to lose myself in the story I'm trying to write. If I'm reading another book at the same time, I can't do that. I can only handle one story swirling in my head at a time! Once I finish drafting though, I'm always ready to find a new favorite.




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PUBLISHER: Amberjack Publishing, an imprint of Chicago Review Press, 2020

The Crimson Five make their International Debut! Kia Krumpet and the rest of the Crimson Five team of young inventors embark on the Swirl and Spark Creativity Tour, where they’re tasked with creating one final invention. But there’s a catch. They must create one with the teams from France and Switzerland—an ultimate test of teamwork.


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PUBLISHER: Amberjack Publishing, an imprint of Chicago Review Press, 2018

The Crimson Five are back again, ready to compete against the best inventor teams in the world at the Piedmont Global Championships with their amazing invention, the Ancestor App. The odds are in their favor, but when they arrive in Quebec City, they're blind-sided with another task to solve, and they only have two weeks to do it. As the team struggles with a lack of creativity, the rumor mill starts turning, and the Crimson Five question everything they think they know about each other. Kia and her team must come together like never before in order to win, but a tragedy threatens to derail all that they've built.


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PUBLISHER: Amberjack Publishing, an imprint of Chicago Review Press, 2018

It’s the year 2071 and eleven year-old Kia Krumpet is determined to build her 67 inventions, but she won't have the chance unless she earns a spot at PIPS, the Piedmont Inventor’s Prep School. Kia, who has trouble keeping friends at school, has dreamed of winning the Piedmont Challenge and attending PIPS ever since she learned that her Grandma Kitty won the very first Piedmont Challenge when she was young. After she's selected to compete for a spot at PIPS, she and four new teammates travel by aero-bus to Camp Piedmont to solve a task against forty-nine other state teams in hopes of earning their places at the best inventor's school in the country.




Named to the National Science Teacher’s Association and Children’s Book Council’s 2019 Best STEM Book List K-12

Young readers who are interested in STEM will find themselves reflected in these characters. An open-ended resolution leaves room for a sequel. A strong secondary purchase for those looking to add fiction with a STEM focus to their middle grade collections. 

(School Library Journal)

Young students compete in a futuristic setting in this story that teaches useful lessons about teamwork, family, and forgiveness.

(Forward Reviews)

A thoroughly charming, entertaining, and ‘kid friendly’ novel for young readers ages 8 to 12, “Spin the Golden Light Bulb” showcases author Jackie Yeager’s genuine gift for original narrative storytelling.  (Midwest Book Review, Children’s Bookwatch–  Fiction Shelf)

An adventure right from the start, the action never slows down. Young readers who feel unspecial will be inspired to find their true talents and all the other things that make them shine. This is a most encouraging and uplifting story and is sure to give new confidence to any child.

(Midwest Book Review, Children’s Bookwatch– Story Monsters Ink Shelf)

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