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Jennifer Rofé

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Jennifer Rofé represents projects ranging from picture books to YA. Middle grade is her soft spot and she’s open to all genres in this category – literary, commercial, magical, fantastical, historical, contemporary, and everything in between. As for YA, Jennifer is drawn to stories that shed a unique light on the adolescent experience; funny, wistful, or cringe-worthy romance; and fantasy and urban fantasy with exceptionally developed worlds. In picture books, she likes funny, character-driven projects; beautifully imagined and written stories; and milestone moments with a twist. Overall, she seeks rich characters, masterful writing, distinct voices and perspectives, and stories that transport the reader.

Jennifer especially enjoys representing illustrators and author-illustrators, and is always seeking new illustrators with strong, artistic voices.

Some of Jennifer’s clients include New York Times bestseller Meg Medina, author of the Newbery Medal winner MERCI SUÁREZ CHANGES GEARS, the National Book Award Long List novel BURN BABY BURN, the Pura Belpré Award winning novel YAQUI DELGADO WANTS TO KICK YOUR ASS, and the Pura Belpré Honor picture book MANGO, ABUELA, AND ME (all Candlewick); Amber Ren, illustrator of the New York Times bestselling picture book BECAUSE by Mo Willems (Disney*Hyperion); New York Times bestseller Eliza Wheeler, author-illustrator of the HOME IN THE WOODS (Nancy Paulsen Books/PRH) and illustrator of WHEREVER YOU GO and WHEN YOU ARE BRAVE, both by Pat Zietlow Miller (both Little, Brown/Hachette); Sid Fleischman Humor Award winner Crystal Allen, author of the middle grade series The Magnificent Mya Tibbs and the middle grade novel HOW LAMAR’S BAD PRANK WON A BUBBA-SIZED TROPHY (all Balzer & Bray/HarperCollins); Denise Doyen, author of the E.B. White Read Aloud Honor picture book ONCE UPON A TWICE (Random House) and THE POMEGRANATE WITCH (Chronicle), illustrated by Eliza Wheeler; Christina Diaz Gonzalez, author of the action-packed middle grade Moving Target duology and the forthcoming graphic novel THE INVISIBLES (all Scholastic); Kim Tomsic, author of the magical middle grade novel THE 11:11 WISH and the follow-up THE 12TH CANDLE (both HarperCollins); and Dev Petty and Mike Boldt, the author and illustrator team behind the I DON’T WANT TO BE A FROG franchise (Doubleday/PRH).

Jennifer is co-author of the picture book PIGGIES IN THE PUMPKIN PATCH (Charlesbridge). She has been on the faculty of many conferences including the Big Sur Writer’s Workshop and numerous SCBWI conferences, and she is especially known for her The “So What?” Factor presentation. Jennifer earned a BA in English and a minor in Social and Ethnic Relations with a focus on multicultural literature from UC Davis and has a background in secondary education.

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