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TEENS: Spotlight on author Sarah Dessen

Sarah Dessen’s popular teen novels have won numerous awards and are continually popular! Some of her books have been among the ALA's "Best Fiction for Young Adults" selections, and she received ALA’s Margaret A. Edwards Award for her “outstanding contribution to young adult literature.” Ms. Dessen lives in Chapel Hill, NC. Learn more about her books or check out her News blog at her website. Place holds on her books, or check here for information on accessing ebooks.


Dreamland by Sarah Dessen

Dreamland Available on Overdrive/Libby

After her older sister runs away, sixteen-year-old Caitlin decides that she needs to make a major change in her own life and begins an abusive relationship with a boy who is mysterious, brilliant, and dangerous.



Once and For All by Sarah Dessen

 Once and For AllAvailable on Overdrive/Libby

 Louna's years working at her mother's wedding planning business--as well as the tragic end of her first love--have shaped her cynical views on romance, but the arrival of serial-dater Ambrose may start to change Louna's mind and give her a second chance at love.


  The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen

 Rest of StoryAvailable on Hoopla and Overdrive/Libby

 Unexpectedly sent to spend the summer with her late mother's estranged relatives at scenic North Lake, a teen finds herself torn between her mother's working-class relatives and her father's wealthier associates.



  Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen

 Someone Like YouAvailable on Overdrive/Libby

 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.


 Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

 Along for RideAvailable on Overdrive/Libby

 When Auden impulsively goes to stay with her father, stepmother, and new baby sister the summer before she starts college, all the trauma of her parents' divorce is revived, even as she is making new friends and having new experiences such as learning to ride a bike and dating.



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