Jennifer A. Nielsen

Jennifer A. Nielsen is the New York Times Bestselling author of fiction books for young readers.

She was born in Utah on July 10, 1971 and raised along the Wasatch Front. She received a BA from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah with a composite major in Theater Arts and Communication Education, and a minor in History.

Jennifer is best known for her novels, including The Ascendance Series beginning with The False Prince (Scholastic, 2012), recipient of the 2013 EB White Honor Award, a 2014 Lamplighter Award winner, a 2012 New York Times Notable Book, and was on lists including Buzzfeed’s 2015 list of “37 Must-Read YA Books of All Time.”

Jennifer has written several historical novels as well, including A Night Divided (Scholastic, 2015), one of Bookriot’s “25 Great Books for Kids between Middle Grade and Young Adult.” Also Resistance (Scholastic, 2018), winner of the Sydney Taylor Notable Book Award in 2019, and other titles.

Jennifer has also co-written several songs and stage plays and musicals, and frequently teaches or presents to schools, writing conferences, and youth groups.



ELLIOT AND THE GOBLIN WAR (Sourcebooks 2010) (The Underworld Chronicles 1)
ELLIOT AND THE PIXIE PLOT (Sourcebooks 2011) (The Underworld Chronicles 2)
ELLIOT AND THE LAST UNDERWORLD WAR (Sourcebooks 2012) (The Underworld Chronicles 3)
THE FALSE PRINCE (Scholastic, 2012). (The Ascendance Series 1)
THE RUNAWAY KING (Scholastic, 2013) (The Ascendance Series 2)
BEHIND ENEMY LINES (Scholastic, 2014) (Infinity Ring Book 6)
THE SHADOW THRONE (Scholastic, 2014) (The Ascendance Series 3)
MARK OF THE THIEF (Scholastic, 2015) (Mark of the Thief Series 1)
A NIGHT DIVIDED (Scholastic, 2015)
RISE OF THE WOLF (Scholastic, 2016) (Mark of the Thief Series 2)
THE SCOURGE (Scholastic, 2016)
WRATH OF THE STORM (Scholastic, 2017) (Mark of the Thief Series 3)
DEADZONE (Scholastic, 2017)
THE TRAITOR’S GAME (Scholastic, 2018)
RESISTANCE (Scholastic, 2018)
THE DECEIVER’S HEART (Scholastic, 2019)
WORDS ON FIRE (Scholastic, 2019)
THE WARRIOR’S CURSE (Scholastic, 2020)
THE CAPTIVE KINGDOM (Scholastic, 2020) (The Ascendance Series 4)
RESCUE (Scholastic, 2021)
THE SHATTERED CASTLE (Scholastic, 2021) (The Ascendance Series 5)
LINES OF COURAGE (Scholastic, 2022)


Author Series Interview

The ProFile Interview

Austin Public Library Interview

Battle of the Books for A Likely Story Bookstore

2018 National Book Festival Keynote Speech

The Happy Writer Podcast Interview


Additional Info

  • Region: Northern Utah
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Tags: YA