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Illinois Center for the Book


Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Sarah Dessen  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:YA

Born: 1970 in Evanston, Illinois

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Dessen was born in Evanston, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Sarah Dessen is one of the most popular writers for young adults. She is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of many novels, which have received numerous awards and rave reviews, and have sold more than nine million copies. She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she studied under writers including McCorkle and Doris Betts. Her books, ''Someone Like You'' and ''That Summer'' were the inspiration for the 2003 film ''How to Deal'' starring Mandy Moore.


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Awards

-- '''''That Summer''''' *Best Fiction for Young Adults, American Library Association '''''Someone Like You''''' *Best Fiction for Young Adults, American Library Association *Best Book, School Library Journal '''''Keeping the Moon''''' *Best Fiction for Young Adults, American Library Association *School Library Journal Best Book '''''Dreamland''''' *Best Fiction for Young Adults, American Library Association '''''This Lullaby''''' *Best Fiction for Young Adults, American Library Association '''''Just Listen''''' *Best Fiction for Young Adults, American Library Association *Bestseller, New York Times '''''Along For The Ride''''' *Bestseller, New York Times *Best Fiction for Young Adults, American Library Association '''''The Moon and More''''' *Starred Review, Publishers Weekly '''''Saint Anything''''' *Bestseller, New York Times *Kids' Indie Next List Pick, Summer 2015 *Top 10 YA Book of the Year, TIME *Starred Review, Publishers Weekly '''Other Awards''' *Margaret A Edwards Award - Lifetime Achievement in writing for young adults, American Library Association, 2017