Sarah Beth Durst

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Official Bio (Long)

Sarah Beth Durst is the award-winning author of fourteen fantasy books for adults, teens, and kids, including Drink Slay Love, the basis for the upcoming TV movie of the same name, airing on Lifetime in 2017. Her latest book for adults, The Reluctant Queen, came out in July 2017 from Harper Voyager; her latest book for kids, Journey Across the Hidden Islands, came out in April 2017 from HMH/Clarion Books; and her first picture book, Roar and Sparkles Go to School, came out in June 2017 from Hachette/Running Press Kids. Sarah won an ALA Alex Award and a Mythopoeic Fantasy Award, and has been a finalist for SFWA's Andre Norton Award three times. She is a graduate of Princeton University, where she spent four years studying English, writing about dragons, and wondering what the campus gargoyles would say if they could talk. Sarah lives in Stony Brook, New York, with her husband, her children, and her ill-mannered cat. For more information, visit her at sarahbethdurst.com.

Official Bio (Short)

Sarah Beth Durst is the author of fourteen fantasy books for adults, teens, and kids, including The Reluctant Queen, Drink Slay Love, and Journey Across the Hidden Islands. She won an ALA Alex Award and a Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children's Literature, and has been a finalist for SFWA's Andre Norton Award three times. A graduate of Princeton University, Sarah lives in Stony Brook, New York, with her husband, her children, and her ill-mannered cat. For more information, visit her at sarahbethdurst.com.

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About THE STONE GIRL'S STORY

Title: THE STONE GIRL'S STORY
Author: Sarah Beth Durst
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt / Clarion Books
Cover Art: Brandon Dorman
On Sale: April 3, 2018 (Hardcover)
ISBN: 9781328729453 (Hardcover)

Description: Exploring the power of stories and storytelling, Sarah Beth Durst presents the mesmerizing adventure of a girl made of living stone who braves unforeseen dangers and magical consequences on a crucial quest to save her family.


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About THE RELUCTANT QUEEN

Title: THE RELUCTANT QUEEN, Book Two of The Queens of Renthia
Author: Sarah Beth Durst
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Cover Art: Stephan Martiniere
On Sale: July 4, 2017 (Hardcover)
ISBN: 9780062413352 (Hardcover)
ISBN: 9781538419199 (Audiobook)

Description: The fate of two nations depends on three women: a young queen who is dying, a powerful queen who hungers for war, and a middle-aged woman who wants nothing to do with the power she could wield. They must each do what they think is best for their kingdoms -- or die trying.

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About ROAR AND SPARKLES GO TO SCHOOL

Title: ROAR AND SPARKLES GO TO SCHOOL
Author: Sarah Beth Durst
Illustrator: Ben Whitehouse
Publisher: Hachette / Running Press Kids
On Sale: June 6, 2017
ISBN: 9780762459865

Description: A new picture book about the first day of school... with dragons!

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About JOURNEY ACROSS THE HIDDEN ISLANDS

Title: JOURNEY ACROSS THE HIDDEN ISLANDS
Author: Sarah Beth Durst
Publisher: Clarion Books / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Cover Art: Brandon Dorman
On Sale: April 4, 2017 (Hardcover)
ISBN: 9780544706798 (Hardcover)

Description: Two sisters, one winged lion, and a LOT of monsters in an action-filled, funny, and heartwarming fantasy from the author of The Girl Who Could Not Dream.

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About THE QUEEN OF BLOOD

Title: THE QUEEN OF BLOOD, Book One of The Queens of Renthia
Author: Sarah Beth Durst
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Cover Art: Stephan Martiniere
On Sale: September 20, 2016 (Hardcover)
ISBN: 9780062413345 (Hardcover)
ISBN: 9780062474094 (Paperback)
ISBN: 9781441714640 (Audiobook)

Description: An idealistic young student and a banished warrior become allies in a battle to save their realm in this first book of a mesmerizing epic fantasy series, filled with political intrigue, violent magic, malevolent spirits, and thrilling adventure.

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Awards: 3 Starred Reviews, ALA Alex Award, a Barnes & Noble Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Book of 2016, a Tor.com Reviewers' Choice Best Book of 2016, a Science Fiction Book Club Selection


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About THE GIRL WHO COULD NOT DREAM

Title: THE GIRL WHO COULD NOT DREAM
Author: Sarah Beth Durst
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt / Clarion Books
Cover Art: Andrea Femerstrand
On Sale: November 3, 2015 (Hardcover)
ISBN: 9780544464971 (Hardcover)
ISBN: 9780544935266 (Paperback)
ASIN: B0161QOXIQ (Audiobook)

Description: THE GIRL WHO COULD NOT DREAM tells of a girl whose family owns a secret store where they buy, bottle, and sell dreams, but who can't have any of her own, and the adventure that she and her pet monster go on when someone starts kidnapping dreamers.

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Awards: 2 Starred Reviews, Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children's Literature Finalist, a Kirkus Best Middle-Grade Book of 2015, an Amazon Best Book of November 2015


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About CHASING POWER

Title: CHASING POWER
Author: Sarah Beth Durst
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Cover Art: Nicole Gastonguay
On Sale: October 14, 2014 (Hardcover)
ISBN: 9780802737557 (Hardcover)

Description: CHASING POWER is the story of Kayla, a sixteen-year-old girl who can move things with her mind, and Daniel, a boy who can teleport across continents and who lies as easily as he travels. Together, they embark on an Indiana-Jones-style adventure to find and steal an ancient incantation, written on three indestructible stones and hidden millennia ago, all to rescue Daniel's kidnapped mother. But Kayla has no idea that this rescue mission will lead back to her own family, and to betrayals that she may not be able to forgive... or survive.

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About THE LOST

Title: THE LOST
Author: Sarah Beth Durst
Publisher: Harlequin / Mira
On Sale: May 27, 2014 (Trade Paperback)
ISBN: 9780778317111 (Trade Paperback)

Description: Lost your way? Your dreams? Yourself? Welcome to Lost. It was supposed to be a small escape. A few hours driving before turning around and heading home. But once you arrive in Lost... well, it's a place you really can't leave. THE LOST is about a woman named Lauren Chase, who becomes trapped in a town full of only lost things and lost people.


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About CONJURED

Title: CONJURED
Author: Sarah Beth Durst
Publisher: Bloomsbury / Walker Books for Young Readers
Cover Art: Nicole Gastonguay
On Sale: September 3, 2013 (Hardcover)
ISBN: 9780802734587 (Hardcover)
ISBN: 9781442423770 (Paperback)
ASIN: B00IIXKW8Q (Audiobook)

Description: CONJURED is about a teen in the paranormal witness protection program, who, haunted by visions of carnival tents and tarot cards, must remember her past and why she has strange abilities before a magic-wielding serial killer hunts her down.

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Awards: A Junior Library Guild Selection, Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children's Literature Finalist, Cybils F/SF YA Award Finalist


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About VESSEL

Title: VESSEL
Author: Sarah Beth Durst
Publisher: Simon & Schuster / Margaret K. McElderry Books
Cover Art: Jaime Ibarra
On Sale: September 11, 2012 (Hardcover)
ISBN: 9781442423763 (Hardcover)
ISBN: 9781442423770 (Paperback)

Description: In a desert land where serpents made of unbreakable glass fly through the sky and wolves made of only sand hunt within storms, Liyana is destined to be a vessel, to sacrifice herself so her clan's goddess can inhabit her body... but her goddess never comes.

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Awards: 3 Starred Reviews, Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children's Literature Winner 2013, Andre Norton Award Finalist 2012, Kirkus Best Teen Books 2012, Cybils F/SF YA Award Finalist 2012, Garden State Teen Book Awards Finalist


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About DRINK, SLAY, LOVE

Title: DRINK, SLAY, LOVE
Author: Sarah Beth Durst
Publisher: Simon & Schuster / Margaret K. McElderry Books
Cover Art: Evan Schwartz and Jessica Handelman
On Sale: September 13, 2011 (Hardcover)
ISBN: 9781442423732 (US Hardcover)
ISBN: 9781442423749 (US Paperback)
ISBN: 9781742379166 (Aus/NZ Paperback from Allen & Unwin, Dec 2011)

Description: Pearl is a sixteen-year-old vampire, fond of blood, allergic to sunlight, and mostly evil... until the night she is stabbed through the heart by a were-unicorn's horn and begins to develop a conscience.

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About ENCHANTED IVY

Title: ENCHANTED IVY
Author: Sarah Beth Durst
Publisher: Simon & Schuster / Margaret K. McElderry Books
Cover Art: Sam Weber
On Sale: October 12, 2010 (Hardcover)
ISBN: 9781416986454 (US Hardcover)
ISBN: 9781416986461 (US Paperback)
ISBN: 9783802586033 (German Translation from Egmont / Lyx, Aug 2012)

Description: A story about getting into college. You know, taking the campus tour, talking to the gargoyles, flirting with the were-tigers, riding the dragons... While visiting the campus of Princeton University, 16-year-old Lily discovers a secret gate to a magical realm and must race against time to save herself, her world, and any hope she has of college admission.

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About ICE

Title: ICE
Author: Sarah Beth Durst
Publisher: Simon & Schuster / Margaret K. McElderry Books
Cover Art: Cliff Nielsen
On Sale: October 6, 2009 (US Hardcover)
ISBN: 978-1-41698-643-0 (US Hardcover)
ISBN: 978-1-41698-644-7 (US Paperback)
ISBN: 978-1-84738-657-1 (UK Paperback from S&S, Oct 2009)
ISBN: 978-3-8025-8602-6 (German Translation from Egmont / Lyx, Feb 2012)

Description: A polar bear, true love, and one girl's impossible quest across the frozen North. Would you risk everything for a fairy tale?

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Awards: 2009 Andre Norton Award Finalist, 2010 Boston Authors Club Young Readers Award Finalist


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About OUT OF THE WILD

Title: OUT OF THE WILD
Author: Sarah Beth Durst
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group / Razorbill
Cover Art: square zero
On Sale: June 19, 2008 (Hardcover)
ISBN: 978-1-59514-159-0 (Hardcover)

Description: Join Julie, Rapunzel's daughter, on a magical road trip across America. A flying bathmat, a very drowsy princess, a fire-breathing dragon, and several thousand magic beanstalks... Julie's world, our world, will never be the same again. A sequel to 2007 Andre Norton Award Finalist Into the Wild.

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About INTO THE WILD

Title: INTO THE WILD
Author: Sarah Beth Durst
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group / Razorbill
Cover Art: square zero
On Sale: June 21, 2007 (Hardcover)
ISBN: 978-1-59514-156-9 (Hardcover)
ISBN: 978-1-59514-185-9 (Paperback)

Description: Julie is Rapunzel's daughter. Really, she is. Long ago, the fairy-tale characters escaped the fairy tale to live in secret in our world. But now the fairy tale wants its characters back, and it's up to Julie to save them.

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Awards: 2007 Andre Norton Award Finalist; 2007 Cybils Fantasy/SF Award Finalist; 2009-10 Missouri Truman Readers Award Nominee; 2009-10 Florida Sunshine State Young Readers Award Nominee


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Other Information

For information about Sarah's public appearances, please visit the Appearances page.

For rights information, please contact Andrea Somberg at Harvey Klinger, Inc.

All other questions, please contact Sarah at sarah@sarahbethdurst.com.

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