The stories are at the heart of a 360° experience. Jenny is human and fallible, but immensely inspiring, too. In her adventures she experiences the ups and downs of peer-to-peer friendships, discovering that things are always better if you work together.
Jenny is the proof that one small spark of an idea can lead to massive things when you reach out and share it with others. The series is underpinned by strong themes and a soft-learning objective to inspire girls to embrace the pursuit of authentic ambition.
“An exciting and contemporary antidote to the majority of pink, fairy/magic-heavy female-skewed fiction currently on sale in the UK & US...”
“Perfectly pitched for newly-independent readers...”
“Pacey plots focus on mystery and adventure, engaging the child from the first page. Expect lots of cliffhangers, suspense and surprises...”
Every story in the range is told in the first person, narrated from Jenny’s point of view. Her voice fizzes from every page, instantly hooking young readers into her world. Jenny is a dynamic, sociable girl from the iPad generation, using a variety of devices to look up information, share news and reach out to her friends. Running prose in the stories is broken up with IM chats, text screens and e-invites, propelling the story forward whilst breaking the text up into manageable chunks. Funny illustrations, age appropriate vocabulary also ensure that the audio books are inviting for the developing reader.
The series bubbles with situations and settings that children will relate to – friendship issues, school trips, annoying little brothers and sisters. At times however Jenny is an enthusiastic, but unreliable narrator. Her determination to get things done leads her to follow wild goose chases, make snap decisions and jump to all sorts of crazy conclusions! Deft storytelling allows the reader to seize and enjoy this superior knowledge, wondering how and when Jenny will figure things out for herself. The answer, for Jenny, is always waiting in the arms of her friends. When she works as one of many, amazing things start to happen.
Jenny Many is a loveable tomboy – a refreshing and positive role model for young girls, who also just happens to be a-w-e-s-o-m-e! The stories are infectious, engaging and highly collectable. This exciting character-led series is just the thing for girls to read in between having a-w-e-s-o-m-e adventures of their own…
“Jenny codes, vlogs and researches information online, just like real school children. Although her use of IT reinforces genuine KS2/4th Grade activities, readers will be having too much fun to notice. Although she’s tech-savvy, Jenny is just as happy playing with her dog Trixie or hanging out in her treehouse.”
Story is at the heart of Jenny Many. Every book in the series features a mystery/adventure plot that needs to be carefully pitched to engage the reader without becoming over-complicated. The storylines are pacey and the chapter endings are peppered with cliffhangers and surprises, compelling the child to turn the page to find out what’s going to happen next.
Every book is written from a first person limited omniscient viewpoint, with Jenny cast as our loveable (and at times unreliable) narrator. Her voice is conversational and welcoming, hooking young readers into the story from the very first page. Jenny is opinionated – that’s part of the fun – and sometimes is inclined to misjudge situations. When Jenny leaps on a red herring or jumps to a false conclusion, the child reader will enjoy holding superior knowledge for a page or two. Their view of the action is most closely aligned to Jenny’s best friend Hannah, who quietly observes what is happening from a short distance, but is happy to support her friend and let her drive the action forward.
Jenny’s voice is key to making the book resonate with this young readership. There should be lots of humour, varied sentence structure and a fizzy, infectiously friendly tone. Jenny has a tendency to be dramatic in her reporting. She will, for example, often describe situations as ‘a matter of life or death.’ Her narrative should be peppered with asides, words capitalized for emphasis and exaggerated pronouncements. Jenny addresses her reader as if they are a co-conspirator, a close friend with whom she can share her most trusted secrets. Jenny’s voice has a natural confidence – the feeling that she can make anything happen if she really wants to.
The series is set in the modern day and the characters are contemporary, twenty-first century children. Jenny and her friends are the internet generation – they have grown up with electronic devices in the home and at school. They confidently click, swipe, share and surf, reaching out to each other using email, texts and instant messaging. Occasionally Jenny’s narrative is punctuated by online exchanges with her friends, breaking up the prose and allowing the reader to hear other characters’ speaking first hand rather than via reported speech. Technology throughout the series is used responsibly and only as a dimension of Jenny’s life. Jenny does not yet own her own phone, but she borrows her parents’ and uses it under appropriate supervision. Positive tech has a key role in helping her solve problems in creative ways, but it is only a tool. Devices are used to help her push out to the real world to discover new things. Jenny and her friends know when to unplug and play.
“A highly collectable range, signposted with eye-catching covers that shout from the shelves. There is an over-arching series arc, but titles can be picked up and enjoyed in any order...”