Janelle Diller

Janelle Diller has always had a passion for writing. Early on, she polished her writing skills by passing notes to her friends instead of paying attention in math class. The resulting time in detention gave her lots of time to write more notes. As a young child, she wouldn’t leave home without a pad and pencil just in case something for her novel hit her and she had to scribble it down quickly. Sadly, she eventually lost this naiveté.

However, as a result of her love of writing, she has an unusual variety of books published. The list includes books for the construction industry and grammar textbooks. (If writing about drywall or gerunds is better than not writing at all, it says something about what drives her.) Fortunately, she also write novels for adults, as well as early and middle readers. This is the writing that feeds her soul.

These days, in addition to writing adult fiction, she’s having a ball creating the Australia, Austria, and Mexico books for Pack-n-Go Girls® travel and adventure series. The award-winning early chapter books are targeted for early readers, ages six to nine.

 

Book Reviews by Janelle Diller

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“An engaging story with endearing characters and a gentle touch on the larger themes of loss and change make for a valuable read.”

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Penguin Days provides learning of the most important kind, and has an added bonus of sweet humor, age appropriate text, and engaging illustrations.” 

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This should be a fun graphic novel. Wilson’s richly colored illustrations are lively; the multicultural family characters timely; the storyline inventive. Somehow, though, it doesn’t deliver.

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There’s something sweet and endearing about Dear Professor Whale, the follow-up to the charming Yours Sincerely, Giraffe.

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“The engaging illustrations, exposure to the world of Beijing, timeless themes, and sweet characters make My Beijing a worthy addition to any library. It’s a keeper.”

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Bad news breaks and a young girl tries to make sense of it. A gray cloud slips over the family and the community. The parents are sad and distracted. “Suddenly Mom is glued to the television.