Jane Mitchell

Award-winning writer of books for young people


Welcome to my website

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Run For Your Life

I'm an award-winning Irish writer of books for children and young people.

You’ll find plenty here about me, my books, and about visits I make to schools, libraries or reading groups.

You can follow me on Twitter or contact me directly if you have a question or you want to organise a school or library visit.

Schools and teachers can find teaching guides to some of my books on the Teachers’ page.

If I visit a book festival, school or library, I’m always happy to sign my books and answer questions. I don’t sign loose pages torn from notebooks or scraps of paper, nor do I sign hands, forearms or foreheads.

Publishing news

In April 2022, my new book Run For your Life was published in Ireland. Check out my webpage about it.

In October 2022, I was honoured to be nominated for the 2023 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. This year marks the 20th anniversary of this award, which is among the most prestigious awards in the world for a children's author. For two decades, it has elevated and honoured some of the foremost figures in young people’s literature. The recipient of the award will be announced in March 2023.

In November 2022, Run For your Life was longlisted for the UK's 2023 Redbridge Children's Book Award, which is run by the UK's London Borough of Redbridge Library Service. The awards process starts in September and ends in June.

Latest Reviews

'When Azari and her mother flee their country, they don’t expect to end up sharing a room with a stranger. As Azari rebuilds her life and rediscovers her love of running, the horrors of what they fled are revealed. With incredible compassion the author explains what life in direct provision is like.' (60 Children's books you should buy this Christmas, The Sunday Times - Ireland edition, 27 November 2022)
'Jane Mitchell’s Run For Your Life stands out from this year. It is a well researched and hugely empathetic novel about a teenage girl living within the direct provision system. Deft and lyrical, it is a shocking condemnation of an unjust system wrapped in an utterly compelling story.' (Best Young Adult Fiction of 2022, The Irish Times, 26 November 2022)