Press Kit

General Bio (100 words)

Jenn Bishop grew up in a small town in Central Massachusetts. A lifelong reader, she was formerly a youth services and teen librarian. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago, where she studied English, and Vermont College of Fine Arts, where she received her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults. Along with her husband and cat, Jenn lives in Cincinnati, where she roots long-distance for the Red Sox. Her debut novel The Distance To Home was named a Bank Street College Best Book (2017) and a Junior Library Guild selection. Connect with Jenn online at or on Twitter at @buffalojenn.

Short Bio (50 words)

Jenn Bishop is a former youth services and teen librarian. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago and Vermont College of Fine Arts, where she received her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults. Though she now lives in Cincinnati, she still roots for the Red Sox.



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Last summer, Quinnen was the star pitcher of her baseball team, the Panthers. They were headed for the championship, and her loudest supporter at every game was her best friend and older sister, Haley.

Cover-Reveal-The-Distance-To-Home-LargeThis summer, everything is different. Haley’s death, at the end of last summer, has left Quinnen and her parents reeling. Without Haley in the stands, Quinnen doesn’t want to play baseball. It seems like nothing can fill the Haley-sized hole in her world. The one glimmer of happiness comes from the Bandits, the local minor-league baseball team. For the first time, Quinnen and her family are hosting one of the players for the season. Without Haley, Quinnen’s not sure it will be any fun, but soon she befriends a few players. With their help, can she make peace with the past and return to the pitcher’s mound?

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf / Random House

Cover illustration: Erin McGuire

Genre: middle grade contemporary

Release date: June 28, 2016

Page count: 240

Age category: grades 3-7


978-1-101-93871-3 (trade hardcover)

978-1-101-93872-0 (library binding)

978-1-101-93873-7 (ebook)

Reviews, Blurbs, & Accolades

”  . . . Readers will find themselves moved by the protagonist’s journey toward “home.” Recommend this poignant novel to fans of Keeping Score by Linda Sue Park and The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin”. – School Library Journal [full review]

“In a piercing first novel, Bishop introduces a family grappling with devastating loss . . . Bishop insightfully examines the tested relationships among grieving family members and friends in a story of resilience, forgiveness, and hope.” – Publishers Weekly [full review]

“Quinnen’s emotions are raw and convincing, and her rapport with friends and parents is realistically muddled by half-processed grief that she tries too hard to handle on her own. The supporting cast is credible, with parents who have limitless love for their remaining daughter, and Quinnen’s sixth-grade guy buddy who is sensitive to her heartache but is still a sixth-grade guy buddy. Even Brandon is a better man than Quinnen was first willing to believe. With appeal to both sports- and drama-minded girls, this will make a good book club selection and pass-it-among-your-friends read.” – Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books

“Jenn Bishop rips the seams off this grand slammer of connections and revelations. At last, the sports story is back!” – Rita Williams-Garcia, author of Newbery Honor winner One Crazy Summer

A Junior Library Guild Selection

A Bank Street College Best Book (2017)



The night of the sixth-grade dance is supposed to be perfect for Maddie; she’ll wear her beautiful new dress, she’ll hit the dance floor with her friends, and her crush, Avery, will ask her to dance. Most importantly, she’ll finally leave her tiny elementary school behind for junior high. But as the first slow song starts to play, her plans crumble. Avery asks someone else to dance instead–and then the power goes out. Huddled in the gym, Maddie and her friends are stunned to hear that a tornado has ripped through the other side of town, destroying both Maddie’s and Avery’s homes.

Kind neighbors open up their home to Maddie’s and Avery’s families, which both excites and horrifies Maddie. Sharing the same house . . . with Avery? For the entire summer? While it buys her some time to prove that Avery made the wrong choice at the dance, it also means he’ll be there to witness her morning breath and her annoying little brother. Meanwhile, she must search for her beloved dog, who went missing during the tornado. At the dance, all she wanted was to be more grown-up. Now that she has no choice, is she ready for it?

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf / Random House

Cover illustration: Erin McGuire

Genre: middle grade contemporary

Release date: June 13, 2017

Page count: 288

Age category: grades 4-7


978-1- 101-93875-1 (trade hardcover)

978-1-101-93876-8 (library binding)

978-1-101-93877-5 (ebook)

Reviews & Blurbs

“This gorgeous summer tale emphasizes girlhood bonds, growth in discomfort and the inevitable heartache that goes with youthful dreams meeting hard reality. This will hit the spot with fans of The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall , Summer of the Gypsy Moths by Sara Pennypacker, Water Balloon by Audrey Vernick and Gertie’s Leap to Greatness by Kate Beasley.”     -Erin E. Moulton, author of Chasing the Milky Way

“Bishop (The Distance to Home, 2016) nails the tween voice: Maddie is a realistic heroine who deals with typical middle-grade problems amidst disaster, and she navigates upheavals with occasional grace and more frequent missteps. Tornado or not, growing up is a tempestuous business.”      – Booklist [full review]

“Maddie remains sympathetic and likable even when her actions aren’t, and Kiersten, Gabby, and Avery are well-rounded characters with challenges of their own. Readers going through the messy transition into adolescence will find hope in the newly strengthened friendships with which Maddie enters seventh grade.” –  Recommended, Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books [full review]

“Maddie’s awkward avoidance tactics are authentic and relatable . . . The hopeful tone and conversational writing style make this an accessible read.” – School Library Journal

“I know so many young readers who will see themselves in this book and fall into the pages.” – Mrs. Knott’s Book Nook [full review]