Author of the Month

Jess Butterworth

Jess Butterworth was born in London and grew up between Wiltshire and the Himalayas in India. She studied creative writing at university and went on to complete a masters in creative writing for children. 

Jess writes adventure stories for middle-grade readers grounded in real events and set in the wild places that exist on our planet. Her debut novel, Running on the Roof of the World, has been shortlisted for a 2019 Awesome Book Award. 

Her latest book, Swimming Against the Storm, developed as Jess discovered the devastating effects of rising sea levels, along with sinking land, in Louisiana. She was awarded a grant from the Society of Authors to conduct further research for the book. There Jess visited coastal communities now only accessible by boat, kayaked with alligators and snapping turtles, and learnt about the efforts to save the vanishing wetlands and disappearing wildlife at refuge centres. She also studied the folklore connected to the land, after interviewing local musicians and residents. 

When she’s not writing, Jess promotes a love of reading through school visits and literary festivals. She has visited schools all over the world, including India, the USA and the UK. Her articles about creative writing, and short stories, have featured in publications such as The Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook and Scoop magazine. Jess now lives between Louisiana and the UK.

New from Jess Butterworth

Swimming Against the Storm - Jess Butterworth

Our land is sinking. It's disappearing into the water. And no one knows how to save it...

Twelve-year-old Eliza and her sister Avery have lived their entire lives in a small fishing village on the coast of Louisiana, growing up alongside turtles, pelicans and porpoises.

But now, with sea levels rising, their home is at risk of being swept away. Determined to save the land, Eliza and her younger sister Avery secretly go searching in the swamp for the dangerous, wolf-like loup-garou.

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When the Mountains Roared

Jess Butterworth

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