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Jane O'Connor


Jane O'Connor

Jane O'Connor is the author of more than 30 books for children, including the New York Times bestselling Fancy Nancy series, illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser, and the Nina, Nina Ballerina stories, illustrated by Dyanne Disalvo-Ryan. FANCY NANCY was nominated for the Quill Award for Best Picture Book in 2007. THE EMPEROR'S SILENT ARMY: Terra Cotta Warriors of Ancient China won Booklist's Best Nonfiction Book for Young Readers in 2000. Jane has two grown sons. She was born, bred and still lives in New York City with her husband and their canine companion, Arrow.

Jane O'Connor

Books by Jane O'Connor

by Jane O'Connor - Children's, Friendship

Nancy Clancy takes the field in New York Times bestselling team Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser’s sixth Nancy Clancy chapter book. All Nancy wants is to be mediocre --- or maybe even a little better than average. Will she reach her goal? Here’s a brand-new chapter book with plenty of humor and sports action, written expressly for kids like Nancy who aren’t the star of their team.

by Jane O'Connor - Friendship

It's Nancy's time to shine as she takes center stage in the school play! There's no way Nancy will get stuck in the chorus again this year --- she's been practicing guitar for months and her audition was superb. So when Nancy gets a callback, she's overwhelmed with joy! But after Nancy's performance during the play is captured on a video that gets posted on YouTube, it seems her stardom has gone viral. Will Nancy's humiliation get the best of her, or will she find a way to embrace her newfound fame?

by Jane O'Connor - Picture

This beautiful hardcover storybook features six Fancy Nancy classics by Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser: FANCY NANCY: HALLOWEEN . . .OR BUST!; FANCY NANCY: FANCY DAY IN ROOM 1-A; FANCY NANCY: SPLENDID SPELLER; FANCY NANCY: APPLES GALORE!; FANCY NANCY: THE 100th DAY OF SCHOOL; and FANCY NANCY: OUR THANSGIVING BANQUET. Fans of the Fancy Nancy series will delight in this collection filled with Fancy Nancy’s autumn adventures!

by Jane O'Connor - Children's, Fiction
While Nancy's class learns about time capsules in school, another relic from the past pops up in the present. Nancy buys an old desk at a tag sale and soon finds out that someone left behind a key. Nancy and Bree set out to unlock the secret of the silver key in the hopes of finding treasure. But when the answer isn't what they expected, Nancy and Bree learn that some things remain timeless forever.
by Jane O'Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser - Children's, Picture

Fancy Nancy is back in New York Times bestselling team Jane O'Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser's tenth picture book, Fancy Nancy and the Wedding of the Century—all about weddings. Not only does Nancy help out the bride in this wonderful story, she also gets to attend a fabulous party reception! Fans of Fancy Nancy and weddings alike will laugh along with Nancy as she discovers how truly special even the simplest wedding can be. Little girls will delight in learning about bridal traditions with their favorite fancy girl, and as in all Fancy Nancy books, Nancy's wisdom and creativity shine through to spark the joy of imagination in young readers.

by Jane O'Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser - Children's, Fiction, Picture

When Nancy discovers there's a whole list of what's lucky and what's not, her mind starts spinning. There are so many things to keep track of! Fans of Fancy Nancy will delight in Nancy's attempts to sort out what she really believes.

by Jane O'Connor - Friendship

In the perfect follow-up to FANCY NANCY, SUPER SLEUTH and NANCY CLANCY, SECRET ADMIRER, Nancy tries her hand at fortune-telling but quickly learns it's a bit more complicated than she thought. Does Nancy really have special powers, or is it all just a coincidence?

by Jane O'Connor - Friendship

Nancy Clancy returns in New York Times bestselling team Jane O'Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser's second Fancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy chapter book all about love! In the sequel to NANCY CLANCY, SPUER SLEUTH, Nancy and Bree decide to play matchmaker, but nothing works out as planned. Will love conquer all in the end?

by Jane O'Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser - Children's

Nancy thinks butterflies are simply exquisite. And that is why she can't wait for her friend Bree's Butterfly Birthday. It's going to be the fanciest birthday party ever! But when Nancy finds out she can't go because her grandparents' fiftieth anniversary party is the same day, she is furious. (Mad is way too plain for how she feels.) Will Nancy be able to overcome her disappointment?

written by Jane O'Connor, illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser - Fiction, Mystery

Nancy and her best friend, Bree, have everything they need to solve a mystery, from their totally professional trench coats to their top-secret code. But when crime strikes in their classroom, will these super sleuths be able to crack the case? Find out in the glamorous start to an all-new chapter book series featuring everyone’s favorite fancy girl.

Written by Jane O'Connor, illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser

Fancy Nancy and her best friend, Bree, couldn’t be more excited about their dance show. After all, it’s all about mermaids --- and who knows how to be a fancy, glamorous mermaid better than Fancy Nancy herself? But when another ballerina wins the coveted role of the mermaid, Nancy is stuck playing a dreary, dull tree. Can Nancy bring fancy flair to her role, even though it isn’t the one she wanted?

by Jane O'Connor

In this très chic story, Fancy Nancy shows once again that sometimes all you need is a little improvising to turn a fiasco into something fancy. Ooh la la!

by Jane O'Connor - Children's, Fiction

In an adaptation for beginning readers, a teeny tiny woman finds a teeny tiny bone on a teeny tiny grave and takes it home, only to be hounded by a teeny tiny ghost who wants his bone back!