Wellington Rd, Clayton VIC 3800, Australia
Jen received a Bachelor of Arts in 1975 from Monash University.
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(While participating in the rescue of a beached whale, Aus...)
While participating in the rescue of a beached whale, Australian teenager Tess finally confronts her fear of swimming and begins to resolve her difficult relationship with her father.
(Tess used to believe her father would always be there. Bu...)
Tess used to believe her father would always be there. But that was before he got caught up with his rising political career. Tess is different now, too. Shuttling between two homes and two mothers, she's dropped out of championship swimming and almost out of school as well. The only thing that interests her is leading a group of young environmental activists, the 'Green Guerillas.' And even though Tess never goes near the water now, she still has nightmares about drowning... 'The warm characterizations save all the cliches surrounding broken families, this engrossing Australian tale has a refreshing view of children struggling with the fallout from divorce. Tess's growing awareness of her dad's imperfections and his realization of his own shortcomings make the ending not only happy but believable.'
Jen received a Bachelor of Arts in 1975 from Monash University, and in 1976 she got her diploma of education from Rusden College.
Jen McVeity has been a teacher of maths and English and a freelance journalist. Her first Young Adult novel, The Fifty Dollar Fall, was published in 1991. Since then she has published several educational and trade junior fiction books and two further Young Adult novels. Dreamcatcher was first published in the United States in 1998 with the title on Different Shores. It introduces Tess Robertson, an Australian teenager contending with universal coming-of-age issues, complicated family dynamics, and a need to make a difference in the world. Tess spends weekends with her single mother and the remaining time with her father, stepmother, and half-sister. Her father is a politician whose escalating work responsibilities are distancing him from the daughter with whom he once shared a close relationship. Her two mothers, both sympathetic characters, inspire conflicting loyalties that threaten Tess's peace of mind. Tess seeks her own place in the world by creating a secret environmental group called the Green Guerrillas, partly in rebellion against her politician father, but also out of a need to express her own values and ideals. Tess and her fellow gang members begin a campaign to stop pollution in the city and save the endangered animals of the sea. When the Guerrillas run afoul of the police, her secret is out; Tess and her family must acknowledge their conflicts and attempt to resolve them.
Shadow Seeker the sequel, took twenty months to write. The book follows Tess and the Green Guerrillas as they fight to stop a huge paper mill building in the town and pumping dioxin, one of the world's worst pollutants, into the air. Forced to work 'from the shadows' they create a unique campaign to get the townspeople on their side, spreading information through the Internet and email and using not one scrap of paper.
In 2005 Jen was on the presenting circuit, teaching authors strategies for writing. It dawned on her that the author techniques she was teaching to adults could be applied equally well to children. Bringing together her author techniques and teaching background, Jen created the Seven Steps as a practical program to inspire students to enjoy writing. The company trains more than 6,000 teachers a year throughout Australia and publishes resources on theory and practice to support almost 17,000 teachers through its membership website and printed teaching manuals. Those teachers, in turn, share the Seven Steps with more than 400,000 students every year.
McVeity is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and Australian Society of Authors.
Jen McVeity is an athlete, a former swimmer and avid skier, an enthusiastic beach volleyball competitor, and a gymnast who enjoys the trapeze and the trampoline.
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"Jen's passion for writing is evident in her enthusiastic presentation. Thorough knowledge and understanding is shared step by step." - Annette Stinson
Jen met Gary Jenkins, her husband, on a trampoline and they have two children, Christie and Alex.