Books by Sarah Darer Littman

TAMING OF THE SHOE by Sarah Darer Littman
Released: Aug. 27, 2019

"This untraditional fairy tale will inspire young fashionistas. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
As she did with Fairest of Them All (2017), Littman takes on the "ever after" of fairy-tale characters and their offspring. Read full book review >
ANYTHING BUT OKAY by Sarah Darer Littman
Released: Oct. 9, 2018

"With well-developed characters, Littman explores growth and personal relationships alongside pain, mental illness, and social issues—showing how people can come together to heal. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Stella Walker's brother, Rob, is home from Afghanistan. Read full book review >
FAIREST OF THEM ALL by Sarah Darer Littman
Released: May 9, 2017

"A cute story with a few leaps in logic. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Imagine wanting to be a fashion designer when your mother is the actual Sleeping Beauty who fell asleep under a spell for 100 years after pricking her finger on a spindle. Read full book review >
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT by Sarah Darer Littman
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"An unexpectedly layered story of slow awakening and redemption. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Uber-good-girl Sammy Wallach did not deserve this. Read full book review >
CHARMED, I'M SURE by Sarah Darer Littman
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Inventive and, yes, charming. (Fantasy. 9-14)"
Rosie White Charming is an ordinary eighth-grader in New York City—who happens to be the beloved daughter of Prince Charming and Snow White Charming. Read full book review >
BACKLASH by Sarah Darer Littman
Released: March 31, 2015

"More conceptual than distinct, but accessible and potentially useful. (author's note) (Fiction. 12-16)"
Cyberbullying and a suicide attempt, told from four first-person perspectives. Read full book review >
LIFE, AFTER by Sarah Darer Littman
Released: July 1, 2010

The exodus of the Jews is breaking Dani's heart: the exodus from Buenos Aires, that is. The 2001 Argentinian currency crisis has destroyed Buenos Aires's economy, and all of Dani's friends are moving to Israel or the United States. Dani's own family, devastated by poverty and her father's overwhelming depression, is headed to New York. There, in a wealthy suburb, Dani struggles to make friends in a huge, English-speaking public high school. Dani's high-school problems follow a checklist of issues: autistic friend, mean popular girl, long-distance boyfriend hiding his new romance. The supporting characters act mostly as set dressing—from the bully who vanishes as soon as he has provoked another character's redemption to the friend from ESL class who has no nationality or history of her own—and the comforting solutions are too pat. Enjoyable enough, so keep this on the shelf to fight misconceptions about terrorism, poverty, immigration and Jews—but don't expect readers to come begging for more. (Historical fiction. 11-13)Read full book review >
PURGE by Sarah Darer Littman
Released: April 1, 2009

High-school junior Janie has been admitted to a psychiatric hospital for treatment of her bulimia. How she came to be sent there is gradually revealed in conversations, journal entries and her first-person, self-focused narration, in Littman's second effort (Confessions of a Closet Catholic, 2006). Janie shares group therapy with a motley crew of others with eating disorders, mostly teens and including two boys, one of whom is gay, the other a superficial jock. The patients group themselves according to their disorders, with the bulimics depicted as having little understanding of the anorexics. Though eating disorders are never made light of, neither do they become the entire focus, so that even when one of the anorexic girls dies, the impact is minimized. Janie recovers with remarkable speed, though the outlook for some of the other superficially sketched characters appears less promising. An afterword includes a variety of websites and books for information and treatment options. An average teen-angst novel with an underlying but not heavy-handed message, this may start a few conversations. (Fiction. 11 & up) Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

Eleven-year-old Justine's life is both amusing and somber as she negotiates religion, family, and bereavement. Having been ridiculed at home for proposing that they keep kosher, Justine decides to give up Judaism for Lent and become a Catholic. Secretly, in her closet, she confesses to Father Ted (a teddy bear) and takes Communion (matzo and grape juice). On the day she attends Mass with her best friend's idealized family, Justine's beloved Bubbe has a crippling stroke. Wracked with guilt, Justine assumes it's a punishment from God. Unable to care for herself, Bubbe moves in (wonderful) but soon dies, devastating Justine. Bubbe's always given Justine the unconditional love that the rest of their disapproving, teasing family withholds. Struggling to find the meaning of religion (either one) and frustrated that her family won't take her seriously, Justine seeks out a priest (on whom she instantly has a crush) and a rabbi (but not the family's). Both help, as does her family—finally. Funny and tearful. (Yiddish/Hebrew glossary) (Fiction. 9-12)Read full book review >