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Janet Tashjian

Janet Tashjian
Janet Tashjian

Janet Tashjian is a middle-grade and young adult novelist who’s been writing books for children for over two decades. Her first novel Tru Confessions was made into a critically acclaimed Disney TV movie starring Clara Bryant and Shia LaBeouf. The Gospel According to Larry series is a cult favorite and Fault Line is taught in many middle and high schools. Her bestselling My Life As a Book series is illustrated by her son, Jake. They also collaborated on the Einstein the Class Hamster series. Janet collaborated with fellow Macmillan author Laurie Keller on the chapter book series Marty Frye, Private Eye. Janet currently lives in Los Angeles and made her new home city the setting of the Sticker Girl series, which details the adventures of Martina who overcomes being shy with the help of her magical stickers that come to life.

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Where did you grow up? East Providence, RI

What is your earliest memory of writing/drawing?
Writing a story about a horse on lined paper in maybe third grade. I still write most of my books in longhand.

What inspired you to write/illustrate your first book?
I was getting my MFA at Emerson College; I saw a guy standing in the hall who looked funny and hip. I decided to sign up for whatever class he was teaching. It ended up being "Writing Novels for Children" and the guy was Jack Gantos. I wrote Tru Confessions in that class.

Do you use your childhood as inspiration?
I hardly ever write about things that happened to me when I was a kid. My friends tell me I'm really a 15 year-old boy trapped inside the body of a 50 year-old woman. That's about right.

What books from your childhood have most influenced your work? What about adult titles?
Tim O'Brien's books have all influenced my work. I read a lot of nonfiction too and a lot of that turns up in my novels.

What are your hobbies and interests besides reading and books?
Walking in the woods with my dog and cooking. Movies.

Who are a couple of your favorite author/illustrators? What is it about their work that inspires and interests you?
Lois Lowry is a goddess - she's so funny and smart; I love her. Jack's books are screamingly funny.

What one or two words of advice would you give for young authors/illustrators?
PICK UP YOUR PEN!

Books by the Author

My Life as a Youtuber
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My Life as a Youtuber

The My Life series

Janet Tashjian; illustrations by Jake Tashjian
Holt Books for Young Readers
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Book 7 of the much-loved My Life series that has the irrepressible Derek Fallon starting his own Youtube web series!

Derek Fallon finally found something to get excited about at school—an...

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Available 04/03/2018

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Sticker Girl Rules the School
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Sticker Girl Rules the School

Sticker Girl

Janet Tashjian; illustrations by Inga Wilmink
Holt Books for Young Readers
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Jump into Book 2 of this magical middle grade adventure series with Sticker Girl Martina Rivera!
Bonus feature: Sticker sheet featuring the magic stickers from Book 2 packaged with...

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Available 10/10/2017

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Marty Frye, Private Eye
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Marty Frye, Private Eye

Marty Frye, Private Eye

Janet Tashjian; illustrated by Laurie Keller
Holt Books for Young Readers
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Broken into three short stories of poetry and petty crime, this charming chapter book will have young readers in search of a rhyme in no time. Book 1 in the Marty Frye series!

Marty...

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My Life as a Joke
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My Life as a Joke

The My Life series

Janet Tashjian; illustrated by Jake Tashjian
Square Fish
Square Fish

From popular middle-grade novelist Janet Tashjian comes another hilarious installment in the My Life series, with illustrations by Janet's son, Jake Tashjian.

Derek Fallon discovers...

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My Life as a Ninja
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My Life as a Ninja

The My Life series

Janet Tashjian; illustrations by Jake Tashjian
Holt Books for Young Readers
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Book 6 in the bestselling My Life series!

Derek Fallon has expanded his taste in cartoons to the world of manga and anime. Together with his friends Carly, Matt, and Umberto, Derek...

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Sticker Girl
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Sticker Girl

Sticker Girl

Janet Tashjian; illustrations by Inga Wilmink
Holt Books for Young Readers
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Martina Rivera has a remarkable imagination. But with two extroverted brothers at home, she’s always struggled to make a big impression on those around her. Life soon takes an exciting turn when...

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Einstein the Class Hamster
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Einstein the Class Hamster

Einstein the Class Hamster Series

Janet Tashjian; Cartoons by Jake Tashjian
Square Fish
Square Fish

Einstein the class hamster is from a long line of class hamsters. He knows lots of cool facts about science, art, and history—maybe even more than their sleepy teacher, Ms. Moreno. The class has...

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My Life as a Cartoonist
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My Life as a Cartoonist

The My Life series

Janet Tashjian; Cartoons by Jake Tashjian
Square Fish
Square Fish

There's a new kid in Derek Fallon's class. His name is Umberto and he uses a wheelchair. Derek's family is still fostering Frank the monkey, and Derek thinks it would be great to train Frank to assist...

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My Life as a Stuntboy
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My Life as a Stuntboy

The My Life series

Janet Tashjian; illustrations by Jake Tashjian
Square Fish
Square Fish

Derek Fallon gets the opportunity of a lifetime—to be a stunt boy in a major movie featuring a pretty teen starlet. After accepting the job he learns that he is the star's stunt double and must...

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My Life as a Gamer
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My Life as a Gamer

The My Life series

Janet Tashjian; illustrated by Jake Tashjian
Holt Books for Young Readers
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Derek Fallon gets the chance of a lifetime—to participate in a gaming company focus group and to test out a new video game called "Arctic Ninja." Together with his friends Carly, Matt, and Umberto,...

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Larry and the Meaning of Life
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Larry and the Meaning of Life

The Larry Series

Janet Tashjian
Square Fish
Square Fish

Josh Swensen (otherwise known as Larry) can't seem to get off the couch. His usual overactive imagination and save-the-world mindset have all but vanished, and his best friend Beth is seriously worried.When...

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The Gospel According to Larry
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The Gospel According to Larry

The Larry Series

Janet Tashjian
Square Fish
Square Fish

After creating a controversial and hugely popular website, teenager Josh Swensen becomes trapped inside his brilliant creation and must find a way to remain anonymous.

I am lying on my bed...

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For What It's Worth
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For What It's Worth

Janet Tashjian
Holt Books for Young Readers
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

The year is 1971 and the place is Laurel Canyon, California. Quinn, a fourteen-year-old music "encyclopedia," writes a music column—called "For What It's Worth"—for his school paper. But Quinn's...

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My Life as a Book
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My Life as a Book

The My Life series

Janet Tashjian; Illustrated by Jake Tashjian
Square Fish
Square Fish

Derek Fallon has trouble sitting still and reading. But creating cartoons of his vocabulary words comes easy. If only life were as simple!

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Multiple Choice
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Multiple Choice

Janet Tashjian
Holt Books for Young Readers
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

For as long as Monica Devon can remember, she has been two things: a whiz at making anagrams, and a perfectionist who spends most of her time obsessing about saying and doing the right thing. Now...

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Tru Confessions
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Tru Confessions

Janet Tashjian
Square Fish
Square Fish

Enough about you. Let's talk about me.

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Fault Line
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Fault Line

Janet Tashjian
Holt Books for Young Readers
Henry Holt and Co. BYR Paperbacks

A hard-hitting novel that breaks open the gritty world of teen relationship abuse

Seventeen-year-old Becky Martin dreams of being a stand-up comic. She also craves the affection...

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