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Sara Zarr


Sara Zarr

Sara Zarr is the acclaimed author of five novels for young adults, most recently THE LUCY VARIATIONS, which the New York Times called “an elegant novel.” Her sixth, a collaborative novel with Tara Altebrando, came out December 2013. She’s a National Book Award finalist and two-time Utah Book Award winner. Her books have been variously named to annual best books lists of 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, and have been translated into many languages.

In 2010, she served as a judge for the National Book Award. She has written essays and creative nonfiction for ImageHunger Mountain online, and Response as well as for several anthologies, and has been a regular contributor to Image‘s daily Good Letters blog on faith, life, and culture. As of summer 2013, she’s a member of the faculty of Lesley University’s Low-Residency Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program. Sara also hosts the This Creative Life podcast. She is the current Salt Lake City Literary Death Match Champion. Born in Cleveland and raised in San Francisco, she currently lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband.

Books by Sara Zarr

by Sara Zarr - Fiction, Young Adult 12+
Before she turned 14, Lucy Beck-Moreau had a promising future as a concert pianist. Now at 16, it's over, leaving her talented 10-year-old brother, Gus, to shoulder the family expectations. Gus gets a new piano teacher who is interested in helping Lucy rekindle her love of piano. But when you're used to performing for sold-out audiences and world-famous critics, can you ever learn to play just for yourself?