Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Leila Sales  

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Born: Boston, Massachusetts


Illinois Connection

Sales received her degree from the University of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Leila Sales is the author of critically acclaimed novels for children and young adults. Her books have been optioned for stage and screen, selected for many state award lists, translated into many languages, and received numerous starred reviews. Sales currently resides in Texas.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- ''Tonight the Streets Are Ours'', *Bulletin of the Center for Childrens Books, starred review -- ''This Song will Save Your Life'', *Kirkus and Booklist, starred reviews, ALAs 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults List A Junior Library Guild Selection Selected for the 2014 Capitol Choices List Selected for the CCBC Choices 2014 List Selected for the Bank Street College of Educations Best Books of the Year, 2014 Edition Selected for the 2014 Texas Tayshas Reading List Nominated for YALSAs 2014 Teens Top Ten Nominated for the 2015 Carnegie Medal One of Buzzfeeds 21 Best YA Books of 2013, Selected for state lists in Missouri, Illinois, Oklahoma, Connecticut, and New Mexico -- ''Past Perfect'', *Selected for ALAs 2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults List -- ''Mostly Good Girls'', *School Library Journal, starred review, Nominated for ALAs 2011 Best Fiction for Young Adults List -- ''Once was a Time'', *A Junior Library Guild selection An Amazon Best Book of the Month (April 2016) A Parents Choice Award Winner Nominated for the American Library Associations 2017 Notable Childrens Books List Selected for the NYC Reads 365 List Selected for state lists from Kansas, Maine, Georgia, and Louisiana