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Battle of the Books

2012 Judge: Sara Zarr

Sara Zarr is the acclaimed author of four novels for young adults: Story of a Girl (National Book Award Finalist), Sweethearts (Cybil Award Finalist), Once Was Lost (a Kirkus Best Book of 2009, Utah Book Award winner, INSPY winner) and How to Save a Life (Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, and L.A. Public Library Best Book of 2011, ALA Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults 2012). Her short fiction and essays have appeared in Image, Hunger Mountain online, and Response. She’s also a regular contributor to Image‘s Good Letters blog on faith, life, and culture.

She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband, and online at


  1. Here’s an author who’s not afraid to write about hard things. Maybe she should have Between the Shades of Gray and Bootleg. She’s proved she has the gonads, so why not throw her a little ethnic cleansing up against the murder and mayhem of prohibition.

  2. SARA ZARR!!!! Sweethearts is one of my all time favorite books!

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