Jacqueline Grant

Biography

My passions are history and writing. I spend most of my time researching books I am planning to write or actually writing them. I have a PhD in Caribbean and Latin American history and I teach 11th and 12th grade students at a private college prep school in Reno.

I was born on the island of Jamaica and many of my stories are set in the Caribbean or have Caribbean themes. But I also write about lots of other things and I'm particularly fond of stories that help children see their value and stories that just plain make people giggle. I hope you enjoy reading Gunga Peas Books.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't think this was the first story I ever read, but it is one that stayed with me. It was called Bettina's Secret and I read it way back in the early 1970s when I was in Catholic boarding school in Jamaica. Each month we could pick books to order from a book club and I chose Bettina's Secret. There was something about the quietness of that story and the discoveries Bettina made that fed my passion for reading.
How do you approach cover design?
I am not a designer and I like it that way. I am told my covers are distinctly me. I look for an image that I connect with and I build the cover layout, background theme and colors around this image. At some point I might use a fancier process but, honestly, I love the simplicity of Gunga Peas Books' covers.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Jacqueline Grant online


Where to buy in print


Books

My Name is Noel
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 18,140. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2011. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
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My Name is Noel is a middle-grade fictional story written from 12-year-old Noel’s point of view and describes an immigrant boy’s struggle to fit in to his new Miami school. Young people reading this story will see how overcoming their own prejudices can lead to real friendships.
Inga the Viking Girl
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 10,960. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2011. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
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Inga the Viking Girl is an early reader historical fiction chapter book. It includes two stories about Inga Svensdotter who lives in Greenland. The first story entitled Inga Goes A-Viking tells of her adventure as she stows away on a Viking ship. In the second story, Inga Plans a wedding, she tries to help her sister get out of marrying the worst boy in the fjord.
Kiesha's Kwanzaa
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,480. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2011. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Holidays
Kiesha doesn't understand what is happening to her family. Papa hides behind the newspaper at dinner time, her brother Derrick is always grumpy and gets into trouble all the time. And Mama seems unhappy. Thank goodness for her precious library books. When she discovers a family celebration called Kwanzaa, Kiesha thinks she has found a way to help her family, but is it too late?
The Not-So-Sweet History of Caribbean Sugar
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,250. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Children's Books » History
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This nonfiction, middle grade level children's book is the second book in the Caribbean Reference Shelf series published by Gunga Peas Books. From the very beginning the history of Caribbean sugar and the history of Caribbean slavery were linked. This title tells the story of how the sugar cane industry developed during the colonial period.
Dancing on the Day of the Kings
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,600. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Children's Books » History
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Dancing on the Day of the Kings is part of a series called the Caribbean Reference Shelf. In this edition readers will learn about how people of color who lived in Havana, Cuba in the 1800s celebrated the Catholic feast of the Epiphany.
The Duke's Book of Hours
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 2,910. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » History » Middle ages
In the early 1400s the Duke, Jean de Berry commissioned a book. At this time books were written out by hand and lavishly illustrated by highly accomplished artists. The Duke's book is a most valuable example of the art of the illuminated manuscript that was perfected during the Middle Ages.
The Story Teller
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 1,450. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2011. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
When the sun rises in the sky it does so at the bidding of the Story Teller, but when the Story Teller’s words begin to fail so does the ascent of the sun. Without the stories the island people will not survive.
Big Brother Solomon: A Scribe and a Half
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,320. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2011. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Big Brother Solomon longs to be a scribe, but he worries that his large size is not well suited for the delicate work of copying manuscripts. Will he have to spend the rest of his life chopping wood at the monastery?
Grandma Joyce, It's Me! ... And Other Stories About Grandparents
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,190. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2011. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
This is a collection of three short stories about grandparents for early readers (7-8 year olds). The first is called Grandma Joyce, It's Me!, the second is called Papa's Bees, and the last story is called Grapes with Gramps.
The Dreamtoucher's Tale
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,540. Language: English. Published: May 13, 2011. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
Every fairy boy and girl knows of the Dreamtoucher. But is she more than just a fairytale? When Petal finds herself unable to dream her dreams into the world she decides to find out if the Dreamtoucher is real, and if she will help her.
Dr. Del and Nurse Buttercup
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,540. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2011. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Nurse Buttercup was Dr. Del’s most trusted assistant. Not only did she help him take care of his patients, she also made sure his office ran smoothly. But Nurse Buttercup was very grumpy and that was not a good thing for Dr. Del. He needed to find a way to make her smile.
Nanny and the Boiling Pot
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 1,590. Language: English. Published: April 29, 2011. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Nanny was an escaped slave living in the mountains of Jamaica. For many years these mountain dwellers, called Maroons, protected themselves against being captured by the British soldiers. They were cunning and brave and Nanny was the most cunning and brave of them all.
Uh, Oh, I've Gotta Go
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 880. Language: English. Published: April 29, 2011. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Billy is so excited about starting school, but when he has an accident on his first day everything changes. No matter what Billy can't bring himself to ask the teacher to let him go to the bathroom. He thinks everyone is looking at him. Will Billy find his courage or will he be the laughing stock of kindergarten?
Nica's Cuckoo Clock
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 680. Language: English. Published: April 29, 2011. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Nica hates to go to bed because there is too much to do. She decides to use a noisy cuckoo clock to help her stay awake but her plan does not work the way she thought it would.
One Week in E Street
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,740. Language: English. Published: April 29, 2011. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
When Talia travels with Mami to visit her abuelo in Cuba, everything looks different and she doesn't feel so at home. But by the end of her visit Talia learns that there are fun sights and sounds on E street (calle E) that soon make her feel right at home.
Abigail's Summer: A Story About Gettysburg
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 13,370. Language: English. Published: April 29, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Historical
This 12,000-word middle grade (10 to 12 year olds) historical fiction tells the story of Abigail’s experience during the battle of Gettysburg. Abigail is right in the thick of the action and not only experiences war first-hand, she also experiences her first love.
I am Bakhita: The Lucky One
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 2,550. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2011. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
“I cannot remember much about my village in Africa, but I remember the day I left it.” So begins this story entitled I am Bakhita: The Lucky One. This story is based on the true experiences of Saint Josephine Bakhita who was canonized by Pope John Paul II in the year 2000. My fictionalized version is told from Bakhita’s point of view.
My Trelawney: Tonia's Story
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 23,280. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2011. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
It is 17th-century Jamaica and Tonia is a slave girl growing up on a sugar plantation. Determined to win her freedom and also her mother's, she comes up with a daring plan to sail away with Henry Morgan's band of pirates. Will she earn enough booty to buy her freedom? Will she even make it back to Jamaica?
Prince Gerald's Very Big Responsibilities ... And Other Tall Tales
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,910. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2011. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
Prince Gerald's Very Big Responsibilities ... And Other Tall Tales is a collection of five short stories for middle-grade readers (8-10 year-olds.) The collection includes Prince Gerald's Very Big Responsibilities, Big Brother Solomon: A Scribe and a Half, Dragons Don't Wear Pink, Dr. Del and Nurse Buttercup, and The Dreamtoucher's Tale. Each story is filled with fun and silliness.
Tamika's Hair
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 1,090. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2011. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Tamika lives in an island paradise where the sun warms her face and the ocean waves tickle her toes. She should be very happy, but she is not, and it is all because of her hair.
Dragons Don't Wear Pink
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,160. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2011. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Formation training is an important event for a seven-year-old dragon and Petulia thinks it calls for a special outfit. When she shows up for training in a shiny pink dress her sister Una is disgusted and is sure the instructor will be too.

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