Children's Fiction & Non-Fiction

Jenni Spangler

Agent: Lauren Gardner

Theatre school dropout, ex-999 operator and occasional forklift driver, Jenni writes children’s books with a magical twist. She loves to take real and familiar places and events and add a layer of mystery and hocus-pocus.

She had the good fortune to be selected for the first year of the ‘WriteMentor’ scheme and mentored by Lindsay Galvin, author of The Secret Deep. As well as her magical middle-grade novels, Jenni writes short contemporary YA stories for reluctant and struggling readers, including Torn and Wanted for Badger Learning.

Jenni has an Open University degree in English Language and Literature, a 500-metre swimming badge and a great recipe for chocolate brownies. She lives in Staffordshire with her husband and two children. She loves old photographs, picture books and tea, but is wary of manhole covers following an unfortunate incident.

Jenni’s first book, The Vanishing Trick, was published as a lead debut in Spring 2020 from Simon & Schuster Children’s and swiftly became the Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month in May and The Sunday Times Children’s Book of the Week after publication. Her second book, The Incredible Talking Machine published in June 2021. Her most recent book which she illustrated and wrote, Valentine Crow and Mr Death published in January 2023.

Praise for The Vanishing Trick:

‘A touching story about love and loyalty.’ Nicolette Jones, The Times editor

‘A thrilling page-turner. Madame Pinchbeck is a gloriously Dickensian villain’ Abi Elphinstone, author of Sky Song

‘A thrilling, original, evocative and eerie tale - I adored it!’ Michelle Harrison, author of A Pinch of Magic

‘Ghosts, gadgets, likeable villains and unlikely heroes: The Vanishing Trick is a dark and dazzling adventure’ Emma Carroll, author of Letters from the Lighthouse

‘A completely enthralling tale, oozing with atmosphere and originality’ Catherine Doyle, author of The Storm Keeper’s Island

Deliciously dark and atmospheric … I couldn’t get enough’ Nizrana Farook, author of The Girl Who Stole An Elephant