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Jaime Adoff is an award-winning author of young adult novels and children's poetry.
After being an English/Language Arts teacher for the last ten years, Jaime has roared back onto the writing scene. He will have two new picture books published in 2024 and 2025. VIOLET AND THE FROST KING, a collaboration with his late mother Virginia Hamilton, illustrated by award-winning illustrator April Harrison, and ROCK N ROLL DAD, Illustrated by award-winning illustratory, R. Gregory Christie. Both books will be published by Christy Ottaviano Books/Little,Brown. Jaime is represented by Sera Rivers of Speilburg Literary.
Past Publications and Awards
The original poetry collection, The Song Shoots Out of My Mouth: A Celebration of Music, was named a Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award Honor Book for 2003, an IRA Notable Book for 2003, A NY Public Library Book for the Teen Age for 2003, a VOYA poetry pick for 2002, and a CCB Best Book for 2002. The critically acclaimed Names Will Never Hurt Me was Jaime's first young-adult novel which was named a NY Public Library Book for the Teen Age for 2005 and was also nominated as a Best Book for Young Adults. Jimi & Me was the recipient of the 2006 Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award. It was also named as a 2006 YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, A 2006 NY Public Library Book for the Teen Age and was selected for the Voya Top Shelf Fiction List.  Jaime's most recent young adult novel The Death of Jayson Porter received the 2010 Buckeye Teen Book Award. It received *Starred Reviews from *Booklist*, *Library Media Connection*, and *VOYA* magazine, (5Q). It was also selected for the 2009 "Choose to Read Ohio" program, a project of the State Library of Ohio, to promote reading across Ohio. Additionally, The Death of Jayson Porter was named an Ohioana Book Award finalist in the Juvenile category. His first picture book Small Fry was cited as "Cathartic and Encouraging Fun" by Kirkus Review.
Jaime Adoff is the son of the late Newbery Award-winning author Virginia Hamilton and the late renowned poet Arnold Adoff.

me, mom & dad, back in the day . . .