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
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 18,140. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2011. Categories: 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
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 10,940. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2011. Categories: 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
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,470. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2011. Categories: 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 Story Teller
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,100. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
When the sun rises in the sky it does so at the bidding of the Story Teller. All my people gather around to hear the ancient tales and welcome the life-giving sun. But when the Story Teller begins to weaken and her words falter our people see that the sun also begins to weaken and falter and we are afraid.
Big Brother Solomon: A Scribe and a Half
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,320. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2011. Categories: 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
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,170. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2011. Categories: 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.
Dr. Del and Nurse Buttercup
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,540. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2011. Categories: 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.
Uh, Oh, I've Gotta Go
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 880. Language: English. Published: April 29, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Kevin is so excited about starting school, but when he has an accident on his first day everything changes. No matter what Kevin can't bring himself to ask the teacher to let him go to the bathroom. He thinks everyone is looking at him. Will Kevin find his courage or will he be the laughing stock of kindergarten?
Nica's Cuckoo Clock
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 660. Language: English. Published: April 29, 2011. Categories: 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
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,720. Language: English. Published: April 29, 2011. Categories: 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
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 13,370. Language: English. Published: April 29, 2011. Categories: 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.
My Trelawney: Tonia's Story
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 23,280. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2011. Categories: 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
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 1,630. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
In Prince Gerald's Very Big Responsibilities, Prince Gerald is being groomed to become the ruler of the Realm of Long Pond. Each day he meets with his tutors and accompanies his father as he conducts his royal duties. But the Prince has a secret; he doesn't want to be the ruler of the Realm of Long Pond. How can he follow his dream when he has such very big responsibilities?
Dragons Don't Wear Pink
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,160. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2011. Categories: 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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