Jodi Keller

Jodi Keller – Editor

Senior editor of award-winning middle-grade and YA books from one of the top NYC publishing houses


I am a former Senior Editor from Random House with over twenty years of experience in children's publishing, editing middle-grade and young adult fiction and fantasy.

During my time at Delacorte Press and Knopf Books for Young Readers, I was fortunate to work with National Bestselling authors Peter Benchley and Julie Schumacher, as well as on award-winning debut novels. I also edited popular fantasy series by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, and assisted on novels by acclaimed writers Philip Pullman, Jerry Spinelli, and Christopher Paul Curtis.

When I'm not editing manuscripts, I'm busy sharing my love of reading with my twins. They remind me each day how the best books have the power to enlighten, transform, and inspire us. My favorites are the ones with characters who stay with me long after I've reached the last page, and I'm committed to helping new and established writers alike improve their craft and reach their goals.

Fantasy Middle Grade Young Adult
English (US)
  • American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults and American Library Association Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers for BLACK BOX by Julie Schumacher
  • Kirkus Best Book for Young Adults, Booklist Editors’ Choice, and Association of Jewish Libraries Notable Book for CURES FOR HEARTBREAK by Margo Rabb
  • School Library Journal Best Book of the Year; International Reading Association Young Adults’ Choice; Voice of Youth Advocates Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Selection; and New York Public Library Best Book for the Teen Age for books by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
  • Indie Next List Selection, American Library Association Rainbow List Selection, and Lambda Literary Award finalist for WHAT THEY ALWAYS TELL US by Martin Wilson

Work experience


Apr, 2009 — Present

Random House Children's Books

Jul, 1996 — Mar, 2009 (over 12 years)


To best friends and devoted theater fans Emily and Philip, Aurora is no ordinary Broadway musical. Their love for the hit show (whose reclusive author has never been named) is nothing short of an obsession. Thanks to a secret loan from Emily’s grandma Rose, se... read more

Sherri L. Smith

Family sticks with family. That’s the golden rule G’ma taught Kendall. But once G’ma’s gone, Kendall has no family left—except for an aunt G’ma asked for at the end, who Kendall barely remembers. Only Aunt Janet knows what G’ma had in mind, but she never even ... read more
"I should probably mention something right now before this story goes any further: my name is Theodora Grumman, and I am a liar."It's hard for Thea to write four truths a day in the notebook her mother gave her for the summer. Especially when her grandparents'... read more
A warmhearted, delectable novel about what it means to love and be loved.When Stella Madison's food-loving parents help her land a summer job at the local newspaper, there’s only one catch: she’s expected to write about food. Luckily, Stella has Jeremy, the ho... read more
The President's Daughter

Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

From the Newbery Honor and Schneider Award-winning author of The War that Saved My Life comes The President's Daughter, a novel about the Roosevelts and perfect for fans of hisorical fiction. ETHEL IS 10 YEARS OLD in 1901 when her family’s life changed forever... read more
Shark Life

Peter Benchley

From the bestselling author of Jaws comes a firsthand guide to one of the most feared—and often misunderstood—animals: sharks! In direct and accessible prose, Peter Benchley sets the record straight about the many types of sharks (including the ones that pose ... read more
Bloodwitch (Book 1)

Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

The first book in an urban fantasy series about loyalty, power, and the rules of survival. Vampires are the only guardians Vance Ehecatl has ever known since he was abandoned by his shapeshifter family. He is grateful to them for generously providing for all o... read more
The Shapeshifters

Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

Five shapeshifter novels—one fascinating read!HawksongDanica Shardae, an avian shapeshifter, will do anything in her power to stop the war that has raged between her people and the serpiente—even pretend to be in love with Zane Cobriana, the terrifying leader ... read more
Margo Rabb’s critically acclaimed debut novel Cures for Heartbreak—a somber yet humorous depiction of love, loss, and new beginnings—has been reissued with a stunning new look.Less than two weeks after fifteen-year-old Mia Pearlman’s mother is diagnosed with c... read more
JAMES AND ALEX have barely anything in common anymore—least of all their experiences in high school, where James is a popular senior and Alex is suddenly an outcast. But at home, there is Henry, the precocious 10-year-old across the street, who eagerly befrien... read more
Black Box

Julie Schumacher

WHEN DORA, ELENA’S older sister, is diagnosed with depression and has to be admitted to the hospital, Elena can’t seem to make sense of their lives anymore. At school, the only people who acknowledge Elena are Dora’s friends and Jimmy Zenk—who failed at least ... read more
Spirit of the Slayer

Harris, Sharina

The Whisperer's Wish

Lloyd, Janilise

The North Tower

Hagood, Michelle N

Once Upon an Irish Summer

Spooner, Wendy Wilson

The Leader

Waldman, Sara

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