Search Results: "Sara Zarr"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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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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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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SISTERHOOD
by Leila Roy

Stuff happens to most people. One thing going wrong, I mean. One family member missing a chance to help. One who cuts you off. One person with her own shit to deal with.
One of those things isn’t enough to send you falling through the cracks.
But all of them together, they accumulate. An abandoned mother here. A missing uncle ...

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SARA ZARR
by Megan Labrise

When Sara Zarr assessed her storied career in YA fiction (six books, seven years), she noted a trend in upward mobility.

“With each book, the characters got more and more middle- to upper-middle-class, which was not my background,” says Zarr, who grew up in San Francisco and lives in Salt Lake City. “That’s been the story of my life ...


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WHAT I'M WATCHING FOR IN APRIL 2017
by Leila Roy

Now that we’ve made it through April Fools’ Day mostly unscathed (I hope?), let’s take a look at some of this month’s upcoming books:

What Girls Are Made Of, by Elana K. Arnold

Earlier this year, Elana K. Arnold brought us A Boy Called Bat, a gentle, smart, funny, and utterly lovely middle grade book about a boy and a ...


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BOOK REVIEW

BAKE SALE by Sara Varon
by Sara Varon, illustrated by Sara Varon
FICTION
Released: Aug. 30, 2011

"An offbeat story about the sacrifices made for friends, about the very everydayness of such acts and the pitfalls and pleasures in their wake. (Picture book. 6 & up)"
Varon returns with another strange and charming graphic work that touches on the theme of her terrific Robot Dreams (2007), namely: how fine friendship can be, and how surely it leads you down a twisty road of joys and melancholy. Read full book review >

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THE NUMBER GARDEN by Sara Pinto
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2009

"Not for beginning counters, the fine lines and busy compositions will be most enjoyed by preschoolers—and their grown-ups. (Novelty/picture book. 3-5)"
A sweetly goofy companion to The Alphabet Room (2003) uses the same lift-the-flap format. Read full book review >

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A DAY AT THE MARKET by Sara Anderson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2006

"Despite some specific signage, the setting is generalized enough to stand in for similar markets almost anywhere, and the kaleidoscopic art nicely captures both the venue's characteristic bustle and its rich sensory experience. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Bright, cut-paper-style illustrations compensate for decidedly patchwork rhyming in this affectionate tribute to Seattle's Pike Place Market. Read full book review >