Nicole D. Collier
Just Right Jillian
Fifth grader Jillian longs to wear bright colors in a school of neutral tones. To run and flip upside down while everyone else whispers and gossips. But no matter how hard she tries to be herself, shyness keeps her true brilliance hidden away. Even if it means getting the wrong glasses or losing an easy contest, Jillian keeps her mouth shut.
After a bully tells her she can never be a winner, Jillian gets fed up. She determines to prove, not only that she’s smart, but brave, too. But breaking out of her shell is easier said than done. Jillian has less than a month to overcome a lifetime of shyness and summon the courage to fight for herself.
Publisher: Clarion Books/Versify
Publication Date: February 15, 2022
“This book was a joy from beginning to end!”—Anika Noni Rose, Actress and voice of Princess Tiana
“With a heroine who is brave, compassionate, and true to herself, Just Right Jillian, is a new classic in the making.” —Christina Soontornvat, Newbery Honor-winning author of A Wish in the Dark
Just Right Jillian masterfully weaves several themes together: overcoming one's fears, learning to speak up and stand out, friendship, grief, and STEM. Readers will root for Jillian from the very beginning to its heartwarming end.” —Janae Marks, Author of From The Desk of Zoe Washington
“This charming debut is all about facing fears with your head held high and learning to find the people who will support you along the way. Perfect for readers of Kate DiCamillo, this book is sure to be an important companion to a generation of kids learning to spread their wings.” —Stephanie Heinz, Book Buyer, Print: A Bookstore
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Nicole D. Collier was born and raised just south of Atlanta, Georgia. She taught elementary school where she discovered the joys and perils of hatching chicks. Now an author, consultant and executive coach, she works with learners of all ages, and has been known to run, dance, and turn cartwheels on sunny days. Just Right Jillian is Nicole’s first novel. Find her online at www.nicoledcollier.com.
Tags: Middle Grade, Contemporary, Realistic, BIPOC, STEM