Who is this Kelly Jones anyway?

author_photoWhen you have a common name, you get used to meeting others with the same name. It’s even kind of fun! But it can be a little confusing to databases, I’ve learned…

So, if you’re looking for art history novelist Kelly Jones of Twin Falls, Idaho (author of Lost and Found in Prague and other novels) — that’s a different Kelly Jones, author! Click here for her website.

As for me, I grew up in California’s Bay Area and currently live near Seattle. Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer is my first and only book, and I don’t have any grandchildren — but I do have chickens!

Thanks for understanding while we sort out the confusion!

Chickens on the loose!!

LaunchEggsMy first novel, UNUSUAL CHICKENS FOR THE EXCEPTIONAL POULTRY FARMER, is available in bookstores now! O happy, happy day!

Come by the Queen Anne Book Company tonight and get a copy signed at my launch party, Friday, May 15th from 6:30 – 8:30!

Or contact other Seattle-area indie bookstores with signed copies, including the University Bookstore (Seattle), Third Place Books Lake Forest Park, Third Place Books Ravenna, Secret Garden Books, and Phinney Books!

Not local? Many of these stores will mail a copy to you!

Thanks so much to all of you for supporting me and my Unusual Chickens along the way!


IFI’ve updated the Press & Reviews with all kinds of new reviews (including one in comic form – thanks, Unshelved Book Club!!) There’s also an Events page now – please come say hello at one (or more!) of these public events!

Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer will be available on May 12, 2015 and I can hardly wait!!! If you’re excited to read it too, please consider preordering it from your local independent bookstore, or placing a hold on it through your local library!

“Cheep Thrills” from School Library Journal

chicken_buttChicken fans, librarians, and teachers, rejoice! School Library Journal is featuring “Cheep Thrills” for spring 2015!

  • Highlighted titles include:
  • A Chicken Followed Me Home by Robin Page (May 2015, PreS-Gr 2)
  • P. Zonka Lays an Egg by Julie Paschkis (March 2015, K-Gr 3)
  • Hop! Hop! by Leslie Patricelli (February 2015, PreS)
  • Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones, illustrated by Katie Kath (May 2015, Gr 4-6)

Happy Spring to you all, with a peep, cheep, cluck, and a BAWK!

Starred Review from School Library Journal!

Unusual Chickens jacketUNUSUAL CHICKENS received a starred review from School Library Journal, too!!!

(scroll down to Middle Grade – link is to all the February 2015 starred reviews)

“…Told in letters, quizzes, newspaper clippings, and delicious ink drawings reminiscent of Quentin Blake, this middle grade epistolary novel has a little magic and a lot of warm family humor. Jones delivers a dynamic Latina protagonist…Readers will cheer for Sophie and clamor for more of those amazing chickens. Exceptional, indeed.”

Starred Review from Kirkus!

Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer coverUNUSUAL CHICKENS received a starred review from Kirkus!!!

“…A delightful protagonist, interesting fowl of various breeds and a cast of appealing second-string characters make this a top pick for young readers, poultry fanciers or not.”

I’m so glad they appreciated Katie Kath’s amazing illustrations, too! “Matching the text in tone and substance, the illustrations honor the tale’s serious chicken-raising elements, portraying breeds in anatomically correct detail, while perfectly capturing that intense, slightly demented demeanor chickens, unusual and otherwise, are known for.”



Why Hello, 2015!

131 days until they release the UNUSUAL CHICKENS — uh, not that I’m counting… You’ll find me in the corner breathing into a paper bag until then, pretending to be Fearless.

Hope 2015 is a wonderful year for you, with lots of excellent reading!



ABA Indies Introduce: Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer!

Today I was gobsmacked to receive a call from the fantabulous Tegan Tigani of Queen Anne Books, who informed me that the American Booksellers Association has chosen Unusual Chickens as an “Indies Introduce” pick!

Each season, a panel of ABA independent bookstores choose ten adult debut novels and a mix of ten middle grade and young adult debut novels (the “New Voices”) to highlight in participating indie bookstores. Ask your independent bookstore for the current Fall 2014 titles, and look for Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer next spring!

Announcing: Glamour!!!

I am so extremely pleased to announce the sale of my second book, GLAMOUR, again to Nancy Siscoe at Knopf Books for Young Readers!!!


Thank you so much to Nancy, Mandy, and the rest of the folks at Knopf for believing in the awesomeness of magic, in all its many forms!!!

Book-shaped Almost Book!!!

The chickens want to see the ARCs that just arrived!!

Such a magic day, in a magic year, to see this really happening.

Writers out there? It really is worth it. Keep writing.







Ada is especially fond of the back, which suits her perfectly.

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