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Jazz Taylor

contemporary middle grade author

Jazz Taylor, a pen name for Jessica Lewis, is a middle-grade author of cute contemporaries. Her debut novel, Meow or Never, is about a girl who accidentally gets cast as the lead in her school play, and overcomes her stage fright with the help of an adorable cat and her new crush. 


A writer, receptionist, and huge cat fan, she loves watching cooking shows (despite being unable to make anything more difficult than ramen noodles) and lives with her hilarious grandmother in Alabama.

Coming September 3rd 2024

From the author of Meow or Never and Starting From Scratch, a story about friendship, anxiety, and internet culture.

Nova doesn’t lie — she tells hopes for the future. That’s why she tells her mom she got an A on her math quiz, even though she got a B. It’s also why she doesn’t tell her mom about her secret Instagram that she’s almost old enough to have. 


When a viral video of her cat pushes her into the popular crowd, and next to her crush, Lily, Nova tells even more “hopes for the future” to try to fit in.

The more lies she tells, the more everything spins out of control! Nova wants to come clean…but will it mean losing everything?

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Most Recent Release

From the author of Meow or Never, a story about blended families, anxiety, and how a fresh start can be just what you need…even when you least expect it.

Janie believes there’s a best way to do everything. When she sticks to a schedule, she and her mom can tackle anything. But Janie’s perfect schedule—and her life—are getting shaken up this year. Her new stepmom, Keisha, is moving in, along with her daughter, Makayla.

Worst of all? Makayla brings a cat with her. And Janie hates cats.

Even though it’s hard, Janie tries to welcome Makayla to her new school. And honestly, she maybe does too good a job. Soon, Makayla is volunteering with Janie’s beloved Sunshine Club, and Janie’s friends all love her. The only one who pays any attention to her anymore is Makayla’s nosy cat. It feels like her new sister is taking over! What's a gal to do with a copycat in her life?

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