Books by Sara Zarr

GEM & DIXIE by Sara Zarr
Released: April 4, 2017

"A poignant and smart family drama with broad appeal. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Two sisters attempt to sort out their relationship, which is badly strained by years of living with their troubled and neglectful parents. Read full book review >
ROOMIES by Sara Zarr
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Dec. 24, 2013

"The novel's deeply embedded theme of transition will have tremendous appeal for any teenager coping with change. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Two college roommates begin to influence each other's lives before they even meet in this co-authored contemporary drama. Read full book review >
THE LUCY VARIATIONS by Sara Zarr
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 7, 2013

"The combination of sympathetic main character and unusual social and cultural world makes this satisfying coming-of-age story stand out. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Having publicly abandoned a promising piano career after her grandmother died while Lucy Beck-Moreau was a continent away preparing to perform, the 16-year-old struggles to figure out the place of music in her life apart from her family's expectations. Read full book review >
HOW TO SAVE A LIFE by Sara Zarr
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 18, 2011

"A story that will resonate beyond its final page. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Still reeling from the death of her father, 17-year-old Jill resents her mother's plan to adopt a new baby. When soon-to-be birth mother Mandy arrives, she brings with her more than any of them imagined. Read full book review >
ONCE WAS LOST by Sara Zarr
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Riveting. (Mystery. YA)"
The abduction of 13-year-old Jody Shaw has absolutely devastated the small, close-knit community of Pineview, Calif. Read full book review >
SWEETHEARTS by Sara Zarr
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Zarr transfixes teen readers with enticing explorations of identity and enduring love. (Fiction. YA)"
After years working to achieve popularity, Jenna tries not to think about elementary school: the lisp, the tears, the fat. Read full book review >
STORY OF A GIRL by Sara Zarr
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"This involving, touching first novel will resonate with those who have made mistakes and those who have not. (Fiction. YA)"
Sophomore Deanna Lambert made just one mistake to turn herself into the "school slut." Read full book review >