Books by Lara Zielin

THE WAITING SKY by Lara Zielin
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 2, 2012

"Exciting storm scenes may appeal to weather buffs, but there are so many dysfunctional-family books out there that this one feels a bit like a blip on the radar. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
A 17-year-old flees her irresponsible, alcoholic mother to summer with her older brother, a tornado researcher. Read full book review >
THE IMPLOSION OF AGGIE WINCHESTER by Lara Zielin
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 4, 2011

Teen melodrama that absolutely oozes angst. Read full book review >
DONUT DAYS by Lara Zielin
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

In this spirited—and, in an offbeat, somewhat irreverent way, spiritual—offering, readers meet Emma, who, despite the fact that both her parents are ministers at an evangelical church, finds her desire to feel the power of God in a direct and immediate way continually frustrated. Emma's relationship with God becomes even more troubled when a wealthy church member challenges Emma's mother's right to preach based on her gender. Add to this the terrible fight that Emma has had with her best friend Nat, her budding relationship with the son of the man who instigated the church trouble and her attempt to get around her parents' decision that she attend a Christian college by winning a scholarship contest for the best article on the Crispy Dream donut camp, and complications abound. The whimsical plot stretches credulity in places, as does the virtuousness of Emma's crush, Jake, who never flinches in his loyalty to Emma, but Zielin's lighthearted yet substantive portrayals of Emma's struggles with God, family and friendship ring absolutely true. (Fiction. YA)Read full book review >