Jackie Yeager is a middle grade author whose stories inspire children to think more, work hard, and dream big. She holds a Master's degree in Education and spent several years coaching Odyssey of the Mind, where her team once-upon-a-time competed at the World Finals. She lives in Rochester, NY with her real life prince charming and two royally amazing teens. When she's not writing imaginative middle grade fiction or living in her own fairly-tale world, she can be found conducting creative problem solving/writing workshops for kids and blogging at www.swirlandspark.com. You can also connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
"Deftly crafted . . . showcases author Jackie Yeager's genuine
flair for originality and the creation of characters that kids will
find themselves fully engaged with." --Midwest Book
Review--Midwest Book Review
"Jackie Yeager's Spin the Golden Light Bulb is a relatable story with valuable lessons for young readers. It imagines a future in which top elementary school students from every state are chosen to compete in a prestigious invention contest called the Piedmont Challenge... These plot lines make space for the audience to solve problems alongside the characters, teaching useful lessons about teamwork, family, and forgiveness."--Foreword Reviews
Gr 4-6-Eleven-year-old Kia Krumpet is a young inventor who dreams of going to a school where her STEM dreams will flourish. In the year 2071, middle schoolers from around the country are chosen to compete in an invention contest called the Piedmont Challenge where the top prize is a spot at the prestigious Piedmont Inventors Prep School (PIPS). Here, Kia's aspirations of being a great inventor will hopefully come true. She has a lot to live up to as her grandmother was the winner of the very first Piedmont Challenge. After a grueling initial test, Kia is chosen, along with four other students from her school, to compete against students from 49 other states for the chance to win. Even though the five students in Kia's group (affectionately called "The Crimson Five") come from different backgrounds and have various ideas for the winning project, they must band together to prove that they have what it takes to succeed. Young readers who are interested in STEM will find themselves reflected in these characters. An open-ended resolution leaves room for a sequel. VERDICT A strong secondary purchase for those looking to add fiction with a STEM focus to their middle grade collections.-Christopher Lassen, BookOps: The New York Public Library and Brooklyn Public Library--School Library Journal