Search Results: "Sara Zarr"


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SARA by Yasser S. Hassan
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A scintillating tale that ends just as it gets going."
The government's leading telepath, John Doe, has a new Black Ops assignment: help mentor a beautiful test-tube woman whose powers exceed his. Read full book review >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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SARA BISHOP by Scott O'Dell
FICTION
Released: April 23, 1980

"It is, though, her own resourcefulness that gets her out each time; there is some small, undramatic progression in her withdrawal and incipient healing; and the adventure, historical background, survival mechanics, and inner condition are well integrated."
In the early days of the Revolutionary War, Sara Bishop's Tory father is killed and their farmhouse burned by hoodlum Patriot Boys. Read full book review >

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LOVE, SARA by Mary Beth Lundgren
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Lundgren has indeed made a promising start. (Fiction. YA)"
Fifteen-year-old Sara has already experienced extreme trauma in her life. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2004

"Skims across the surface of a very deep lake. (16 pp. b&w photos, not seen)"
A thoroughly researched, though highly chatty and oddly superficial, attempt to rehabilitate the image of FDR's mother, which was besmirched, the author argues, by less sympathetic Roosevelt biographers. Read full book review >

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SMARTY SARA by Anna Jane Hays
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 8, 2008

"Emergent readers deserve better than this incoherent and condescending tale. (Early reader. 4-7)"
The "mystery" of the key Sara finds on her doorstep plays itself out in this wan offering for young readers. Read full book review >

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JUSTICE FOR SARA by Erica Spindler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"Thriller connoisseurs won't find any thrills here. Still, a decent summer read for fans of romance."
Best-selling author Spindler relies on clichés and red herrings to flesh out this modestly entertaining thriller. Read full book review >