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Our Mentors

Jessica Vitalis
This 2020, Jessica Vitalis is mentoring Middle Grade
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Jessica Vitalis
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Jessica Vitalis is a Columbia MBA-wielding writer specializing in middle grade literature. An American expat, she now lives in Canada with her husband and two precocious daughters. She loves traveling, sailing, and scuba diving, but when she’s at home she can usually be found changing the batteries in her heated socks. Her debut novel, THE WOLF’S CURSE, sold to Greenwillow/HarperCollins in six-figure pre-empt (coming fall of 2021 with a second book to follow).

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For Pitch Wars 2020, Jessica Vitalis is co-mentoring with Julie Artz.

Favorite Books

A Wish in the Dark by Christina Soontornvat
Scary Stories for Young Foxes by Christian McKay Heidicker
Whichwood by Tahereh Mafi
When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller
Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder

Years Mentored
2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
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