Sara Zarr

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Sara Zarr


Spirituality,Young Adult


Sara Zarr is the author of six novels for young adults, including The Lucy Variations, Sweethearts, The Story of a Girl, and Gem & Dixie. She also co-authored the novel Roomies with Tara Altebrando. Zarr is a National Book Award finalist and two-time Utah Book Award winner. Her books have been translated into multiple languages and named to annual best books lists by the American Library Association, Kirkus, Publisher’s Weekly, School Library Journal, The Guardian, the International Reading Association, the New York Public Library, and Los Angeles Public Library. Story of a Girl was adapted into a television movie directed by Kyra Sedgewick and starring Kevin Bacon in July 2017. Zarr has also written essays and creative nonfiction for Image, Hunger Mountain, and Response, as well as for several anthologies. In 2010 she served as a judge for the National Book Award, and in fall 2014 she received a MacDowell Colony Fellowship. Born in Cleveland and raised in San Francisco, she currently lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband.

Adaptation | IMAGE
The Playing’s the Thing | New York Times
YA author Sara Zarr mines her childhood for a novel about sisters tested by poverty | Publisher’s Weekly