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Below, you will find an official bio, high-resolution author and cover images, and book info. For additional information or inquiries, please contact Kate Testerman at KT Literary or email Jamie at

Author Bio

Jamie Pacton is a Young Adult and Middle Grade author who grew up minutes away from the National Storytelling Center in the mountains of East Tennessee. She has a BA and MA in English Literature, and currently teaches English at the college level. While pursuing her dream of being an author, she worked as a waitress, pen salesperson, lab assistant, art museum guard, bookseller, pool attendant, nanny, and lots of other weird jobs in between. Her writing has appeared in national and local magazines, and she spent many years blogging for Currently, Jamie lives in Wisconsin with her family and a dog named Lego. The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly is her YA debut novel and her sophomore novel, Lucky Girl, is forthcoming in Spring 2021. She has also published a MG novel, Farfetched, under the pen name Finn Colazo. Find Jamie online at and on Instagram and Twitter @JamiePacton.


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Photo credit: Adam Pacton
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Illustrations by @theminaprice

Book Details

Title: The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly

Release Date: May 5, 2020
Hardcover: 384 pages
Language: English
Publisher: Page Street

ISBN-10: 1624149529
ISBN-13: 978-1624149528

Buy links: 

Amazon| Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | IndieBound | Target


“A rousing, funny, feminist workplace romp that also takes a frank look at modern poverty.”– KIRKUS

[The Life and Medieval Times of Kit Sweetly] is a strong voice for feminism and workplace equality. Fans of Rainbow Rowell will appreciate the relatable characters and a cause to root for.” –  School Library Journal

“A smart, fun, feminist romp with lots and lots of heart. You’ll be cheering for Kit Sweetly all the way on her quest to be seen and heard as she is.” – Brittany Cavallaro, New York Times bestselling author of A Study in Charlotte

“For every girl who’s been told she can’t, and shows them all that she will. This fun and feminist book stole my heart from the first page.” – Sonia Hartl, author of Have a Little Faith in Me 

“For anyone who’s ever had a roadblock to their dreams. A funny, fierce, inclusive story that will leave you feeling ready to draw your own sword and ride into battle. Kit is my champion!” – M.K. England, author of The Disasters and Spellhacker

“As a former serving wench, I can confirm this book is accurate. As a current bookseller, I can confirm this book is AMAZING. A must-read for everyone who ever dreamed of wielding a sword and jousting into the sunset.” – Amanda Quain, One More Page Books

“Full of high-octane sass, girl-power, quirky historical tidbits, and just the right amount of delicious romance. A fun, page-turning delight.” – Joy Preble, Brazos Bookstore

“This mix of workplace comedy, working class struggle, and gender equality activism is sure to please YA fans, whether or not you’ve ever picked up a sword or ridden a horse.” – Cecilia Cackley, East City Bookshop

“A sharp comedy and a poignant, unflinching portrayal of the working poor that will have you laughing one moment and determined to change the world the next. You won’t be able to put it down until you see if this Lady Knight comes out on top.” – Melissa Poston, The Novel Neighbor

“Hilarious and heartfelt, Jamie Pacton’s debut is not to be missed.” – Mike Lasagna, The Barking Goose Bookstore

“Curl up with a blanket and some cocoa, for reading this book in one sitting is certain to be a knight to remember.” – Rachel Strolle, Teen Services Coordinator, Glenside Public Library District

Book Summary

Joust like a girl. 

Moxie meets A Knight’s Tale as Kit Sweetly slays sexism, bad bosses, and bad luck to become a knight at a medieval-themed restaurant.

Working as a wench―i.e. waitress―at a cheesy medieval-themed restaurant in the Chicago suburbs, Kit Sweetly dreams of being a knight like her brother. She has the moves, is capable on a horse, and desperately needs the raise that comes with knighthood, so she can help her mom pay the mortgage and hold a spot at her dream college.

Company policy allows only guys to be knights. So when Kit takes her brother’s place and reveals her identity at the end of the show, she rockets into internet fame and a whole lot of trouble with the management. But the Girl Knight won’t go down without a fight. As other wenches join her quest, a protest forms. In a joust before Castle executives, they’ll prove that gender restrictions should stay medieval―if they don’t get fired first.

Media Coverage

Kirkus Review of KIT

Frolic Cover Reveal and Chapter 1