Jennifer Donnelly is an American writer of historical novels. Her first novel, The Tea Rose, was published after ten years of work. It was the first book of a trilogy based in 19th century Jack the Ripper's London. With her second book, a young adult novel A Northern Light, she won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize as well as Great Britain's prestigious Carnegie Medal for children's literature. Revolution is Donnelly's second young adult novel. It ties present-day Brooklyn with Paris during the French Revolution.
Donnelly lives in New York's Hudson Valley with her husband and daughter. She grew up in New York State and attended the University of Rochester, where she majored in English Literature and European History and graduated Magna Cum Laude in English Literature. She lived in England as a college student for a couple of years and credits London, the East End in particular, as the inspiration behind her desire to become a writer.