Kelly Barnhill is an American author of YA fantasy novels and non-fiction books. Prior to being a novelist, Kelly worked as a teacher, bartender, waitress, park ranger, secretary, and janitor. She doesn’t feel any of these experiences prepared her for anything in life other than to tell stories, so that is what she does (quite happily). She earned the Newbery Medal in 2017, in addition to fellowships from the Jerome Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Board, and the McKnight Foundation. She has also received the World Fantasy Award, Parents Choice Gold Award, the Texas Library Association Bluebonnet, and a Charlotte Huck Honor. Kelly is married to her husband, Ted Barnhill, and has three children.

Kelly Barnhill made her debut as a published author in 2008 with the non-fiction book Animals with No Eyes. Her debut as a novelist was in 2011 with the novel The Mostly True Story of Jack. Below is a list of Kelly Barnhill’s books in order of when they were first released:

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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Mostly True Story of Jack (2011)Description / Buy at
Iron Hearted Violet (2012)Description / Buy at
The Witch's Boy (2014)Description / Buy at
The Girl Who Drank the Moon (2016)Description / Buy at
The Ogress and the Orphans (2022)Description / Buy at
When Women Were Dragons (2022)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Mrs. Sorenson and the Sasquatch (2014)Description / Buy at
The Unlicensed Magician (2015)Description / Buy at
Elegy to Gabrielle (2018)Description / Buy at
The Crane Husband (2023)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories (2018)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Animals with No Eyes (2008)Description / Buy at
Monsters of the Deep (2008)Description / Buy at
Do You Know Where Your Water Has Been? (2008)Description / Buy at
Sewers and the Rats That Love Them (2008)Description / Buy at
Bizarre, Creepy Hoaxes (2009)Description / Buy at
Blood-Sucking, Man-Eating Monsters (2009)Description / Buy at
Sick, Nasty Medical Practices (2009)Description / Buy at
Terrifying, Bone-Chilling Rituals and Sacrifices (2009)Description / Buy at
The Bloody Book of Blood (2009)Description / Buy at
The Sweaty Book of Sweat (2009)Description / Buy at
The Wee Book of Pee (2009)Description / Buy at
Guess What's Growing (2010)Description / Buy at
Mystery Animal Tracks (2010)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Anthologies

Fast Ships, Black Sails(2008)Description / Buy at
Clockwork Phoenix 2(2009)Description / Buy at
Sybil's Garage No. 7(2010)Description / Buy at
Some of the Best from, 2014 edition(2015)Description / Buy at
Sisters of the Revolution(2015)Description / Buy at
Guys Read: Terrifying Tales(2015)Description / Buy at
Lightspeed Magazine, February 2017(2017)Description / Buy at
Worlds Seen in Passing: Ten Years of Short Fiction(2018)Description / Buy at

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Kelly Barnhill Synopsis: The Mostly True Story of Jack is a standalone novel by Kelly Barnhill. When Jack is sent to Hazelwood, Iowa, to live with his strange aunt and uncle, he expects a boring summer. Little does he know that the people of Hazelwood have been waiting for him for quite a long time. When he arrives, he begins to make actual friends for the first time in his life – but the town bully beats him up and the richest man in town begins to plot Jack’s imminent, and hopefully painful, demise. It’s up to Jack to figure out why suddenly everyone cares so much about him. Back home he was practically… invisible.

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