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About Jessica Gunderson
Jessica Gunderson grew up in the small town of Washburn, North Dakota. She has a bachelor's degree from the University of North Dakota and an MFA in Creative Writing from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She has written more than seventy-five books for young readers. Her book President Lincoln's Killer and the America He Left Behind won a 2018 Eureka! Nonfiction Children's Book Silver Award. She currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin.
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Medusa's Stony Stare (Greek Myths) Dec 21, 2015
Medusa, once a bewitching beauty, has become a hideous monster with snakes for hair. When men look at her, they turn to stone. Whe King Polydectes sends Perseus for Medusas head, he thinks Perseus will soon be another one of Medusas stone men. Or will he?
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Rumpelstiltskin's gold-spinning skills are legendary, but what's the little man's story? This first-person narrative charms and sparkles, while delivering a subtle lesson on point of view and supporting Common Core standards.
Star defensive player Zack Fuller is in a tough spot. His new Panthers teammates don't trust him. The players on the Bulldogs, his old squad, think he's a traitor for leaving. When the two teams face each other in the playoffs, Zack has to guard his former best friend. To make matters worse, the Panthers captain refuses to pass the ball to Zack. Caught between a Panther and a Bulldog, and in serious foul trouble, Zack will have to find a way to play through the pressure.
Carrie and the Great Storm (Girls Survive) Sep 1, 2019
Twelve-year-old Carrie is excited to spend the night at her best friend Betsy's house one Saturday night in the turn of the century Galveston, Texas. But when her parents receive a last-minute invitation to a high-society party, they insist Carrie stay home to babysit her little brother, Henry. Despite a storm brewing -- and Carrie's protests over the change in plans -- her parents go to the party. As the storm approaches, the streets begin flooding. Henry is scared, and Carrie tries to calm him. But then hurricane hits, and the house is shaken from its foundation. Carrie must make some quick decisions to save herself and her little brother from the Great Galveston Hurricane. Readers can learn the real story of the Galveston Hurricane of 1900 from the nonfiction backmatter in this Girls Survive story. A glossary, discussion questions, and writing prompts are also provided.
Everyone at Victory has to take swimming class, but that doesn't mean they like it. Kenzie feels frustrated in the pool when her kicks are too strong. Waves are going everywhere. It almost seems like there's a hurricane in the pool! Will Kenzie keep her kicks and temper under control?
Cinderella (You Choose: Fractured Fairy Tales) Aug 1, 2015
Pumpkin? Check. Terrible sisters? Check. Prince Charming? Maybe … but not like you've ever seen before! Get ready for a Cinderella surprise as You Choose the path through three new versions of the classic fairy tale.
OF COURSE you think I was a horrible old witch, locking fair haired Rapunzel in that tall, tall tower. You don't know the other side of the story. Well, let me tell you...
Think there's just one fairy tale with a girl who meets danger in disguise? Think again! Cultures all around the world have their own Little Red Riding Hood stories. Visit Germany, Italy, and Taiwan, and find out whose sick grandmother is a tiger, and who is saved not by a kind hunter but by a talking river.
Kids already know about the huffing, puffing wolf and the headaches he caused the three little pigs. But how does the classic fairy tale change when it's told by the wolf himself? This lighthearted first-person narrative entertains, subtly teaches the idea of point of view, and supports Common Core standards all at once.
You know the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, or do you? Did you know Snow White was a secret agent? Or the seven dwarfs were really sled dogs in the arctic? Navigate through three different versions of the classic fairy tale. In this story, YOU CHOOSE how it ends. Will you get your happily ever after?
The School Musical Meltdown (Junior High Drama) May 15, 2020
Kamilla is an amazing singer, but she refuses to try out for the school musical. She simply can't stand the thought of everyone staring at her, when she sees herself as overweight. Led by her mom, Kamilla sees a doctor who tells her she's a healthy weight but encourages her to exercise to feel better, both physically and mentally. Will Kamilla's new habit lead to big changes, or is she stuck waiting in the wings forever? This Junior High Drama edition discusses a common concern in a healthy, thoughtful way.
The Bremen Town Musicians never wanted to be heroes. They wanted a recording contract! At least that's the story readers hear from the donkey's point of view in this charming twist on a classic fairy tale that supports curriculm standards.