RED GIRL, BLUE BOY (Bloomsbury; October 20, 2015) in hardcover and paperback
Sixteen-year-old Katie and Drew really shouldn't get along. After all, her father is the Republican nominee for President of the United States while his mother is at the top of the Democratic ticket. But when Katie and Drew are thrown together in a joint interview on a morning talk show, they can't ignore the chemistry between them. With an entire nation tuned into and taking sides in your parents' fight, and the knowledge that--ultimately--someone has to lose, how can you fall in love with the one person you're supposed to hate?
THE TWIN'S DAUGHTER (Bloomsbury, August 31, 2010, paperback, January 14, 2014) Lucy Sexton is stunned when a dishevelled woman appears at the door one day… a woman who bears an uncanny resemblance to Lucy's own beautiful mother. It turns out the two women are identical twins, separated at birth, and raised in dramatically different circumstances. Lucy's mother quickly resolves to give her less fortunate sister the kind of life she has never known. And the transformation in Aunt Helen is indeed remarkable. But when Helen begins to imitate her sister in every way, even Lucy isn't sure at times which twin is which. Can Helen really be trusted, or does her sweet face mask a chilling agenda?
Filled with shocking twists and turns, THE TWIN'S DAUGHTER is an engrossing gothic novel of betrayal, jealousy, and treacherous secrets that will keep you guessing to the very end.
LITTLE WOMEN & ME (Bloomsbury, November 8, 2011 - paperback available July 23, 2013) Emily is sick and tired of being a middle sister. So when she gets an assignment to describe what she'd change about a classic novel, Emily pounces on Little Women. After all, if she can't change things in her own family, maybe she can bring a little justice to the March sisters. (Kill off Beth? Have cute Laurie wind up with Amy instead of Jo? What was Louisa May Alcott thinking?!) But when Emily gets mysteriously transported into the world of the book, she discovers that righting fictional wrongs won't be easy. And after being immersed in a time and place so different from her own, it may be Emily-not the four March sisters-who undergoes the most surprising change of all. Lauren Baratz-Logsted's winning confection will appeal to fans of Little Women as well as anyone who enjoys a modern twist on an old favorite.
THE EDUCATION OF BET (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, July 2010, paperback, April 18, 2011) is about a 16-year-old girl in Victorian England who impersonates a boy in order to get a proper education.
The Connecticut Book Award
CRAZY BEAUTIFUL (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, September 2009, paperback, January 3, 2011) is a contemporary re-visioning of Beauty & the Beast, told in he-said/she-said fashion, about a boy with hooks for hands and a gorgeous girl who meet on their first day at a new school.
Nominated for a
Sakura Medal in Japan.
Angel's Choice (Simon and Schuster, December 2006)
On the eve of her senior year in high school, Angel Hansen, on the fast track for Yale, gets drunk one night, sleeps with the wrong guy, and winds up pregnant. In the process of coming to terms with having her safe world turned inside out, Angel makes a startling decision, and everything that follows is ANGEL'S CHOICE.
Secrets of My Suburban Life (Simon & Schuster, January 8, 2008)
And you thought your life had a dark side....
Everything changed for Lauren ("Ren") after Harry Potter killed her mom. No, it's not what you think—Harry Potter didn't come to life and stab her or anything. A stack of those thick books crushed her. Now Ren is stuck out in the suburbs of Connecticut, dragged out there because her father is too grief stricken to continue living in New York.
Ren tries to fit in at her new school, but the most popular girl, Farrin, keeps icing her out. Then Ren discovers that Farrin has a secret: She's been communicating online with an older man, and they are actually planning to meet! Ren can't let Farrin go through with it—she's witnessed enough tragic events as it is. So she comes up with the perfect plan to stop the perv. But then she finds out who he is...
Me, In Between (Simon & Schuster, March 25, 2008)
A precociously well-breasted 12-year-old is conflicted about her assets.