Jodi Keller was a Senior Editor at Random House Children’s Books, where she worked on young adult and middle-grade fiction, non-fiction, and fantasy for Delacorte Press. Jodi’s favorites are the stories and characters that stay with her long after she’s reached the last page, and she’s been fortunate to work with National Bestselling authors Peter Benchley and Julie Schumacher and assist on novels by acclaimed writers Philip Pullman, Jerry Spinelli, and Christopher Paul Curtis. She has also worked on award-winning debut novels such as Cures for Heartbreak, a Booklist Editor's Choice by Margo Rabb, and What They Always Tell Us, an Indie Next List Selection by Martin Wilson.
In fantasy, Jodi edited Amelia Atwater-Rhodes’s popular series, the Den of Shadows, The Kiesha’ra, and The Maeve’ra, whose books won such awards as the School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, an International Reading Association Young Adults’ Choice, a Voice of Youth Advocates Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Selection, and New York Public Library Best Book for the Teen Age.
With over twenty years experience in children’s book publishing, Jodi is dedicated to helping new and established authors alike improve their craft. When she’s not editing manuscripts, she’s busy sharing her love of reading with her eight-year-old twins. They remind her each day how the best books have the power to keep us up way past our bedtime, discovering new worlds or taking comfort in the familiar. They make us want to share passages out loud, ask questions, and laugh so hard we need to be reminded lights out was twenty minutes ago.
Jodi's select booklist can be found below.
An Indie Next List Selection
A Lambda Literary Award finalist
“Martin Wilson’s [debut novel] hears the voices of the young as they struggle toward adulthood. . . .” - Richard Peck, Newbery Award–winning author
A Booklist Editors’ Choice
An Association of Jewish Libraries Notable Book
“A sad, funny, smart, endlessly poignant novel.” - Michael Chabon, bestselling author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
An American Library Association Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers
“This tale of a good family that suddenly finds itself in bad trouble is witty and spare, and expertly maps the territory of depression.” - Judith Guest, bestselling author of Ordinary People
An International Reading Association Young Adults’ Choice
“Zeises paints a convincing picture of a family facing tough decisions and a fully realistic heroine who's confused and scared…A winning family drama.” - School Library Journal
“This book’s got all the right ingredients: friends, family, boys, and food.” - Sara Dessen, New York Times Bestselling Author
“While this background is serious, the story has a lot of humor and a bit of romance…This novel offers readers likable characters and a personal narrative of economic woes. It will keep them turning the pages.” - School Library Journal
“Koss makes the economic reality accessible while giving readers a character with whom they can either identify or relate to a friend they might know.” - Booklist
“Wood uses musical theater as a framework for a larger theme: the rich fantasy life of teens.” - School Library Journal
A VOYA Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Selection
“It's a love story and a plea for peace, and an intriguing look at a world that is teeming with tension and danger and beauty.” - School Library Journal
A fast-paced fantasy, full of adventure, mystery, and magic.” - VOYA
“Atwater-Rhodes will not disappoint her many fans with this cleverly crafted story of a collision between the fantasy world and the known world. Through the story of Erin and Shevaun she explores the many dimensions of illusion and the possibility that sometimes an illusion in one world is the reality of another.” - KLIATT
"Edgy world building, with cultures and societies based loosely on real history, is compelling. This book is highly recommended for Atwater-Rhodes fans and urban fantasy or alternate reality readers." - VOYA
A Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Book of the Year
“Honest, lyrical, and deeply felt, Grass Angel is the kind of book that you want to insist that others read.” - Kate DiCamillo, Newbery Award winner
“The process of discovery…and Schumacher's strong characterizations keep the story going. Jocelyn is particularly well done; she's a tightly controlled child, and readers will respond to her fortitude.” - Booklist
“A compelling novel, with just the right does of quiet reflection, self-discovery, and mystery.” - The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
"With so much written about the friction between girl friends, it's good to have a book that acknowledges that left-out feeling happens to boys, too.” - Booklist
"Looking for something to do during halftime of the March Madness basketball games? Read this book.” -The Washington Post
“Loaded with historical details, including Booker T. Washington's controversial invitation to dinner, the novel rings true and the people come to life.” - School Library Journal