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Name:  Sarah Dessen  

Pen Name: None

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Audience: Young Adult;

Born: 1970 in Evanston, Illinois


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Illinois Connection

Dessen was born in Evanston, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Sarah Dessen is one of the most popular writers for young adults. She is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of many novels, which have received numerous awards and rave reviews, and have sold more than nine million copies. She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she studied under writers including McCorkle and Doris Betts. Her books, ''Someone Like You'' and ''That Summer'' were the inspiration for the 2003 film ''How to Deal'' starring Mandy Moore.


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Titles At Your Library

Someone Like You
ISBN: 0142401773

. 2004

From the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of Once and for All

The world is a terrible place not to have a best friend.


Scarlett was always the strong one.

Halley was always content to follow in her wake.

Then Scarlett’s boyfriend died, and Scarlett learned that she was pregnant.

Now Halley has to find the strength to take the lead and help Scarlett get through it.

Because true friendship is a promise you keep forever.

* “Dessen has written a powerful, polished story.”—School Library Journal, starred review

Sarah Dessen is the winner of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for her contributions to YA literature, as well as the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award.

Books by Sarah Dessen:
That Summer
Someone Like You
Keeping the Moon
Dreamland
This Lullaby
The Truth About Forever
Just Listen
Lock and Key
Along for the Ride
What Happened to Goodbye
The Moon and More
Saint Anything

Once and for All

Keeping the Moon
ISBN: 0142401765

Speak. 2004

From the New York Times bestselling author of Once and for All

Never underestimate the power of friendship.


When Colie goes to spend the summer at the beach, she doesn’t expect much.

But Colie didn’t count on meeting Morgan and Isabel.

Through them, she learns what true friendship is all about, and finally starts to realize her potential.

And that just might open the door to her first chance at love. . . .

“A down-to-earth Cinderella story. . . captures that special feeling.” —The New York Post

Sarah Dessen is the winner of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for her contributions to YA literature, as well as the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award.

Books by Sarah Dessen:
That Summer
Someone Like You
Keeping the Moon
Dreamland
This Lullaby
The Truth About Forever
Just Listen
Lock and Key
Along for the Ride
What Happened to Goodbye
The Moon and More
Saint Anything

Once and for All

Dreamland
ISBN: 0142401757

Speak. 2004

From the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of Once and For All

Love can be a very dangerous thing.


After her sister left, Caitlin felt lost.

Then she met Rogerson.

When she’s with him, nothing seems real.

But what happens when being with Rogerson becomes a larger problem than being without him?

“Another pitch-perfect offering from Dessen.” —Booklist, starred review

Sarah Dessen is the winner of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for her contributions to YA literature, as well as the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award.

Also by Sarah Dessen:
Along for the Ride
Just Listen
Keeping the Moon
Lock and Key
The Moon and More
Someone Like You
That Summer
This Lullaby
The Truth About Forever
What Happened to Goodbye
Saint Anything

Once and for All

This Lullaby
ISBN: 0142501557

Speak. 2004

From the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of Once and for All

She’s got it all figured out.

Or does she? When it comes to relationships, Remy’s got a whole set of rules.

Never get too serious. Never let him break your heart. And never, ever date a musician.

But then Remy meets Dexter, and the rules don’t seem to apply anymore.

Could it be that she’s starting to understand what all those love songs are about?

“Remy and Dexter jump off the pages into the hearts of readers, who will wish for a romance like this of their own.” —Booklist

Sarah Dessen is the winner of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for her contributions to YA literature, as well as the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award.

Books by Sarah Dessen:
That Summer
Someone Like You
Keeping the Moon
Dreamland
This Lullaby
The Truth About Forever
Just Listen
Lock and Key
Along for the Ride
What Happened to Goodbye
The Moon and More
Saint Anything

Once and for All

The Truth About Forever
ISBN: 0142406252

Speak. 2006

From the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of Once and for All

Expect the unexpected.

Macy’s got her whole summer carefully planned.

But her plans didn’t include a job at Wish Catering. And they certainly didn’t include Wes.

But Macy soon discovers that the things you expect least are sometimes the things you need most.

“Dessen gracefully balances comedy with tragedy and introduces a complex heroine worth getting to know.” —Publishers Weekly

Sarah Dessen is the winner of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for her contributions to YA literature, as well as the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award.

Books by Sarah Dessen:
That Summer
Someone Like You
Keeping the Moon
Dreamland
This Lullaby
The Truth About Forever
Just Listen
Lock and Key
Along for the Ride
What Happened to Goodbye
The Moon and More
Saint Anything

Once and for All

That Summer
ISBN: 0670061107

Viking Books for Young Readers. 2006

The more things change. . .

As far as Haven is concerned, there’s just too much going on.

Everything is changing, and she’s not sure where she fits in.

Then her sister’s old boyfriend shows up, sparking memories of the summer when they were all happy and everything was perfect. . . .

But along the way, Haven realizes that sometimes change is a good thing.

“Unforgettable” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

Also by Sarah Dessen:
Along for the Ride
Dreamland
Just Listen
Keeping the Moon
Lock and Key
The Moon and More
Someone Like You
This Lullaby
The Truth About Forever
What Happened to Goodbye

Just Listen
ISBN: 0756982707

Perfection Learning. 2008

This multilayered tale tells the story of a year in the life of a family coming to terms with the imperfections beneath its perfect facade. Includes a teaser chapter of Dessen's new hardcover, Lock and Key.

Lock and Key
ISBN: 0142414727

Speak. 2009

From the award-winning and New York Times bestseller Once and for All

Unlock your heart and the rest will follow.


Ruby is used to taking care of herself.

But now that she’s living with her sister, she’s got her own room, she’s going to a good school, and her future looks bright.

Plus there’s the adorable boy next door.

Can Ruby learn to open her heart and let him in?

“All the Dessen trademarks here” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

Sarah Dessen is the winner of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for her contributions to YA literature, as well as the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award.

Books by Sarah Dessen:
That Summer
Someone Like You
Keeping the Moon
Dreamland
This Lullaby
The Truth About Forever
Just Listen
Lock and Key
Along for the Ride
What Happened to Goodbye
The Moon and More
Saint Anything

Once and for All

Along for the Ride
ISBN: 0670011940

Viking Books for Young Readers. 2009

A New York Times bestseller

Up all night.


Nights have always been Auden’s time, her chance to escape everything that’s going on around her.

Then she meets Eli, a fellow insomniac, and he becomes her nocturnal tour guide.

Now, with an endless supply of summer nights between them, almost anything can happen. . . .

“As with all Dessen’s books, [this] is a must-have” —VOYA, starred review

Also by Sarah Dessen:
Dreamland
Just Listen
Keeping the Moon
Lock and Key
The Moon and More
Someone Like You
That Summer
This Lullaby
The Truth About Forever
What Happened to Goodbye

What Happened to Goodbye
ISBN: 0670012947

Viking Books for Young Readers. 2011

Since her parents' bitter divorce, McLean and her dad, a restaurant consultant, have been on the move-four towns in two years. Estranged from her mother and her mother's new family, McLean has followed her dad in leaving the unhappy past behind. And each new place gives her a chance to try out a new persona: from cheerleader to drama diva. But now, for the first time, McLean discovers a desire to stay in one place and just be herself, whoever that is. Perhaps Dave, the guy next door, can help her find out.

Combing Sarah Dessen's trademark graceful writing, great characters, and compelling storytelling, What Happened to Goodbye is irresistible reading.

The Moon and More
ISBN: 0142425818

Speak. 2015

From the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of Once and for All

In her eleventh novel, Sarah Dessen returns to the beach town of Colby, setting of some of her best-loved books. Emaline is a Colby native, and so summer at the beach for her means hard work and a new population of beach goers. During this, her last summer before college, Emaline meets Theo while working for her family’s rental business. He’s a city boy who’s come to Colby as the assistant to a high-strung documentary filmmaker who’s in town to profile a reclusive local artist. Emaline knows he’s not her type, but she can’t help feeling drawn to him. And as their relationship develops, Emaline finds herself questioning her own goals, values, and choices in this classic Dessen romance.

Sarah Dessen is the winner of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for her contributions to YA literature, as well as the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award.

Books by Sarah Dessen:
That Summer
Someone Like You
Keeping the Moon
Dreamland
This Lullaby
The Truth About Forever
Just Listen
Lock and Key
Along for the Ride
What Happened to Goodbye
The Moon and More
Saint Anything

Once and for All

Saint Anything
ISBN: 0451474708

Viking Books for Young Readers. 2015

A New York Times bestseller

A TIME Magazine Top 10 Children's Book of 2015

"Saint Anything is a poignant, honest story about how we might suffer the misfortune of someone else's bad choices, how people who love us can become family when we desperately need it, and how starting over might - miraculously - mean taking a solid leap forward." —Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling novelist of Leaving Time and My Sister’s Keeper

Sydney has always felt invisible. She's grown accustomed to her brother, Peyton, being the focus of the family’s attention and, lately, concern. Peyton is handsome and charismatic, but seems bent on self-destruction. Now, after a drunk-driving accident that crippled a boy, Peyton’s serving some serious jail time, and Sydney is on her own, questioning her place in the family and the world.

Then she meets the Chatham family. Drawn into their warm, chaotic circle, Sydney experiences unquestioning acceptance for the first time. There’s effervescent Layla, who constantly falls for the wrong guy, Rosie, who’s had her own fall from grace, and Mrs. Chatham, who even though ailing is the heart of the family. But it’s with older brother Mac—quiet, watchful, and protective—that Sydney finally feels seen, really seen, at last.

Saint Anything is Sarah Dessen’s deepest and most psychologically probing novel yet, telling an engrossing story of a girl discovering friendship, love, and herself.

Once and for All
ISBN: 0425290336

Viking Books for Young Readers. 2017

From Sarah Dessen, the beloved New York Times bestselling author of SAINT ANYTHING and JUST LISTEN, comes a new novel set in the world of wedding planning!

Is it really better to have loved and lost? Louna's summer job is to help brides plan their perfect day, even though she stopped believing in happily-ever-after when her first love ended tragically. But charming girl-magnet Ambrose isn't about to be discouraged now that he's met the one he really wants. Maybe Louna's second chance is standing right in front of her.


Sarah Dessen’s many fans will adore this latest novel, a richly satisfying, enormously entertaining story with humor, romance, and an ending that is so much more than happily-ever-after.


Awards

That Summer

  • Best Fiction for Young Adults, American Library Association
  • Someone Like You

  • Best Fiction for Young Adults, American Library Association
  • Best Book, School Library Journal
  • Keeping the Moon

  • Best Fiction for Young Adults, American Library Association
  • School Library Journal Best Book
  • Dreamland

  • Best Fiction for Young Adults, American Library Association
  • This Lullaby

  • Best Fiction for Young Adults, American Library Association
  • Just Listen

  • Best Fiction for Young Adults, American Library Association
  • Bestseller, New York Times
  • Along For The Ride

  • Bestseller, New York Times
  • Best Fiction for Young Adults, American Library Association
  • The Moon and More

  • Starred Review, Publishers Weekly
  • Saint Anything

  • Bestseller, New York Times
  • Kids' Indie Next List Pick, Summer 2015
  • Top 10 YA Book of the Year, TIME
  • Starred Review, Publishers Weekly
  • Other Awards

  • Margaret A Edwards Award - Lifetime Achievement in writing for young adults, American Library Association, 2017

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