Search Results: "Lauren DeStefano"


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BURNING KINGDOMS by Lauren DeStefano
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 10, 2015

"Committed fans will find the story only just intriguing enough to continue. (Dystopian adventure. 12-18)"
This sequel to the innovative Perfect Ruin (2013) brings the series down to the ground, literally.Read full book review >

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A CURIOUS TALE OF THE IN-BETWEEN by Lauren DeStefano
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Love, loss, and hope are at the heart of this exciting read. (author's note) (Mystery/fantasy. 9-12)"
Eleven-year-old Pram, bookish and imaginative, befriends ghosts (most importantly Felix, her protective best friend) and also a living boy at school, Clarence, who "sought out the shadows the way that she did," and together they embark on what turns out to be a perilous quest. Read full book review >

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SEVER by Lauren DeStefano
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"Fans will delight in the symbolism and clues from the cover, but they will ultimately find the trilogy's conclusion unsatisfactory. (Dystopian romance. 14 & up)"
In the third book of The Chemical Garden Trilogy, readers finally learn what exactly a Chemical Garden is. Read full book review >

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WITHER by Lauren DeStefano
Released: March 22, 2011

"Give this one to fans of The Hunger Games trilogy or Ally Condie's Matched (2010). (Dystopia. YA)"
In this thought-provoking debut, reminiscent of The Handmaid's Tale with a touch of Big Love, a generation of "perfectly engineered" embryos, known as the First Generation, has been watching its children die off from a virus that claims females at age 20 and males at age 25. Read full book review >

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THE PECULIAR NIGHT OF THE BLUE HEART by Lauren DeStefano
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"The lovable characters, the mystery of the ghost, and the deep friendship between the two children will lead middle graders back to the author's A Curious Tale of the In-between (2015) and have them counting the days until her next book. (Fantasy. 9-11)"
This middle-grade fantasy thriller stars two orphans, Marybeth and Lionel, and depicts their trouble with a powerful and determined ghost. Read full book review >

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THE GIRL WITH THE GHOST MACHINE by Lauren DeStefano
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 6, 2017

"This book provides a close-up of loss, love, and hope. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Could a machine bring back the ghost of Emmaline's mother? Read full book review >

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THE GLASS SPARE by Lauren DeStefano
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 2, 2017

"Only for those with spare funds or spare time. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
A princess struggles to cope with newfound powers in DeStefano's most recent venture. Read full book review >

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FEVER by Lauren DeStefano
Released: Feb. 12, 2012

"Readers who want to know more about the causes and effects of the mysterious virus will have to wait for the third installment, purposefully set up by another rushed ending. (Dystopian romance. 14 & up)"
The atmospheric worldbuilding, moral dilemmas and romantic possibilities of Wither (2011) never heat up in this, the second novel in the dystopian Chemical Garden Trilogy. Read full book review >

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BROKEN CROWNS by Lauren DeStefano
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 22, 2016

"It's a satisfying conclusion for series fans. (Science fiction. 12-18)"
The Internment Chronicles end with a return to the floating city in the sky. Read full book review >

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A REASON TO DIE by Sal DeStefano
Released: Oct. 30, 2006

"A well-paced, enjoyable thriller."
A secret government organization sends a terminally-ill demolitions expert to assassinate a dictator. Read full book review >

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Lost Girls by Merrie Destefano
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A concise, bold crime tale that, even in its darkest moments, shines with brilliance."
In this thriller, a missing teen reappears with amnesia and uncovers a host of parlous secrets buried in her gradually returning memory. Read full book review >