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Jennifer A. Nielsen
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Born (1971-07-10) July 10, 1971 (age 51)
Northern Utah
Occupation Novelist
Language English
Nationality American
Period 2010–present
Genre Young adult fiction
Notable works Ascendance Trilogy
Notable awards Whitney Award

Jennifer Anne Nielsen (born July 10, 1971) is an American author known primarily for young adult fiction. Her works include the Ascendance Series, Behind Enemy Lines (one of the books in the Infinity Ring series), The Mark of the Thief, A Night Divided, and the Underworld Chronicles.


Nielsen was born and raised in northern Utah and completed her first full manuscript, on picking locks, at the age of 11. However, it was abandoned when a locksmith did not allow her to research picking locks. She published Elliot and the Goblin War, the first Underworld Chronicles book, in 2010 and has continued publishing novels since.

In 2013, she won the Whitney Award for Best Middle Grade Novel for The False Prince, the first novel in the Ascendance Trilogy, and the next year she won again in the same category for The Runaway King, its sequel. The paperback reprint of The False Prince put her on the New York Times Best Seller List in March 2013. The False Prince received a starred review from Publishers Weekly.

Nielsen lives in Northern Utah and is a practicing member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Selected works

The Ascendance series

  • The Captive Kingdom. Scholastic, Inc. 2020. ISBN: 1338551086

Traitor's Game series

  • The Warrior's Curse. Scholastic Press. 2020 ISBN: 1338045458.

Mark of the Thief series

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