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Sara Barnard

Biography

Sara Barnard

Sara Barnard lives in Brighton, England, and does all her best writing on trains. She loves books, book people and book things. She gets her love of words from her dad, who made sure she always had books to read and introduced her to the wonders of secondhand bookshops at a young age. Sara has lived in Canada, worked in India, and once spent a night in an ice hotel. She studied American literature with creative writing at university and never stopped reading YA. Sara is inspired by what-ifs and people. She thinks sad books are good for the soul and happy books lift the heart. She hopes to write lots of books that do both.

Sara Barnard

Books by Sara Barnard

by Sara Barnard - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Friendship, Mental Health, Young Adult 13+

Eden knows she can depend on Bonnie, her solid, steady, straight-A best friend. So it’s a bit of a surprise when Bonnie runs away with a boyfriend Eden knows nothing about five days before the start of finals. Especially when the police arrive on her doorstep and Eden finds out that Bonnie’s boyfriend is actually their teacher, Mr. Cohn. Only Eden knows Bonnie’s location, but there’s no way she’s betraying her friend. Not even when she’s faced with police questioning, suspicious parents and her own growing doubts. As the days pass and things begin to unravel, Eden is forced to question everything she thought she knew about the world, her best friend and herself.

by Sara Barnard - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Mental Health, Romance, Young Adult 13+

Steffi has been a selective mute for most of her life. She suffers from crippling anxiety, and uncontrollably, in most situations simply can’t open her mouth to get out the words. Steffi’s been silent for so long that she feels completely invisible. But Rhys, the new boy at school, sees her. He’s deaf, and her knowledge of basic sign language means that she’s assigned to help him acclimate. As they find ways to communicate, Steffi discovers that she does have a voice, and that she’s falling in love. But as she starts to overcome a lifelong challenge, she’ll soon confront questions about the nature of her own identity and the very essence of what it is to know another person.

by Sara Barnard - Family Life, Fiction, Friendship, Social Issues, Young Adult 14+

Caddy and Rosie have always been inseparable. But that was before Suzanne. Now the twosome has become a triangle with constantly shifting alliances. Caddy’s ready to be more than just the quiet one. She wants something to happen. Suzanne is trying to escape her past and be someone different, someone free. But sometimes downward spirals have a momentum of their own. And no one can break your heart like a best friend.