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Episode 24 — A Conversation with Sara Zarr


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Text Messages: Recommendations for Adolescent Readers

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Grades 6 – 12
Podcast Series Text Messages: Recommendations for Adolescent Readers
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Duration 20:28
Original Air Date Published March 01, 2010

Music in this podcast is courtesy of Scott Andrew.



In just three years, Sara Zarr has distinguished herself as a steady, impressive, and important voice in young adult literature.  Her novels are subtle and textured, featuring richly realized characters and unflinchingly honest storytelling.  Tune in to hear Sara discuss religious faith and some of the thinking behind her newest novel, Once Was Lost.

After listening to this episode, be sure to print out this list of recommended titles to take to the library or book seller.

Featured in this episode:

  • Story of a Girl (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2007)
  • Sweethearts (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2008)
  • Once Was Lost (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2009)

Other teen novels exploring religious faith and identity:

  • Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah (Orchard Books, 2007)
  • Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes by Chris Crutcher (Greenwillow, 1993)
  • Looking For Alaska by John Green (Dutton, 2005)
  • Godless by Pete Hautman (Simon & Schuster, 2004)
  • Buddha Boy by Kathe Koja (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003)
  • Wide Awake by David Levithan (Knopf, 2006)
  • A Door Near Here by Heather Quarles (Delacorte, 1998)
  • A Brief Chapter in my Impossible Life by Dana Reinhardt (Wendy Lamb Books, 2006)
  • Blind Faith by Ellen Wittlinger (Simon & Schuster, 2006)