Books by Tara Altebrando

MY LIFE IN DIORAMAS by Tara Altebrando
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
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 AND TEEN
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
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 >
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 >