Books by Tara Altebrando

THE POSSIBLE by Tara Altebrando
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 6, 2017

"A narrative deaf to adoption's difficult complexities: the ties that may no longer bind but never disappear. (Fiction. 14-17)"
Kaylee's birth mother, Crystal, claimed telekinetic powers before she was convicted of murdering Kaylee's little brother, Jack; 13 years later, Liana, a journalist revisiting the story for her podcast, wants to know if Kaylee's inherited Crystal's ability. Read full book review >
THE LEAVING by Tara Altebrando
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 7, 2016

"A twisting and turning mystery that will grip readers even if it is at times a bit difficult to follow. (Thriller. 14-18)"
Five teens who were part of a group of six that vanished as kindergartners reappear as mysteriously as they went missing in this thriller. Read full book review >
MY LIFE IN DIORAMAS by Tara Altebrando
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 28, 2015

"Altebrando neatly integrates humor and poignancy into a middle-grade tale of change. (Fiction. 8-12)"
When 12-year-old Kate learns that her beloved home, Big Red, is going on the market, she is determined to stop the sale—or at least postpone it until her first dance competition. Read full book review >
THE BATTLE OF DARCY LANE by Tara Altebrando
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 22, 2014

"Despite the evergreen theme, Julia's whining is more likely to turn readers off than help them relate to her. (Fiction. 9-11)"
As soon as new neighbor Alyssa shows up, Taylor is mesmerized, leaving best friend Julia feeling threatened. 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 BEST NIGHT OF YOUR (PATHETIC) LIFE by Tara Altebrando
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 5, 2012

"Funny and nostalgic, a highly contemporary riff on a timeless rite of passage. (Fiction. 13 & up)"
It's the week before high school graduation, time for the annual Senior Week Scavenger Hunt. Over a long day, Mary and the three other members of her team will bond one last time, settle old scores with rival teams, and pursue the elusive prize: a giant lawn-ornament Yeti. Read full book review >
DREAMLAND SOCIAL CLUB by Tara Altebrando
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 12, 2011

"The result is a memorable tale of personal growth and acceptance that will make teens eager to join a Dreamland Social Club of their own. (author's note) (Fiction. 14 & up)"
In this evocative homage to Coney Island, the "Playground of the World," a 16-year-old girl searches for clues about the mother she barely remembers. Read full book review >