Sarah Beth Durst

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Sarah Beth Durst is the award-winning author of over twenty fantasy books for kids, teens, and adults, including Spark, Drink Slay Love, and The Queens of Renthia series. She 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 and 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 CATALYST

Title: CATALYST
Author: Sarah Beth Durst
Publisher: Clarion Books / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Cover Art: Brandon Dorman
On Sale: June 9, 2020 (Hardcover)
ISBN: 9780358065029 (Hardcover)
AISN: B088P85LN7 (Audiobook)

Description: Zoe named the kitten Pipsqueak, because she was so tiny, and promised to always take care of her. Then the kitten grew. And grew. Now she's bigger than a horse -- and talking as well! How will Zoe keep her new friend safe? A magical adventure about change, expectation, and accepting all for who they truly are -- regardless of shape or size.

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Awards: Booklist Starred Review, An Amazon Best Book of June 2020

Other Editions: Audiobook (Recorded Books)


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About RACE THE SANDS

Title: RACE THE SANDS
Author: Sarah Beth Durst
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Cover Art: Nekro
On Sale: April 21, 2020 (Trade Paperback)
ISBN: 9780062888617 (Trade Paperback)
AISN: B083WP9JQD (Audiobook)

Description: Two kickass women battle injustice, corruption, and deadly enemies in their quest to become monster racing champions.

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Awards: Publishers Weekly Starred Review, An Amazon Best Book of April 2020, A Kirkus Best Science Fiction / Fantasy Read for April 2020

Other Editions: Audiobook (HarperAudio)


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About SPARK

Title: SPARK
Author: Sarah Beth Durst
Publisher: Clarion Books / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Cover Art: Brandon Dorman
On Sale: May 14, 2019 (Hardcover)
ISBN: 9781328973429 (Hardcover)
ISBN: 9780358206385 (Paperback)
AISN: B07QYB7T2X (Audiobook)

Description: When a shy girl and her lightning beast discover that their country's idyllic weather comes at a steep cost, they must defy authority to spread the truth. Even the quiestest voice can change the world.

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Awards: Booklist Starred Review, Summer 2019 Kids Indie Next List, Florida Sunshine State Young Readers Award Nominee 2020-2021, an Amazon Best Book of May 2019, A Mighty Girl 2019 Book of the Year List, Tome Society It List

Other Editions: Audiobook (Recorded Books)


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About THE DEEPEST BLUE

Title: THE DEEPEST BLUE
Author: Sarah Beth Durst
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Cover Art: Larry Rostant
On Sale: March 19, 2019 (Hardcover)
ISBN: 9780062690845 (Hardcover)
ISBN: 9780062955418 (Trade Paperback)
ISBN: 9781982607395 (Audiobook)

Description: On the islands of Belene, women of power are sent to an island filled with bloodthirsty nature spirits and left with nothing but their instincts and magic. Most will die. Those who survive will become heirs to the queen.

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Awards: Booklist Starred Review

Other Editions: Audiobook (HarperAudio)


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About FIRE AND HEIST

Title: FIRE AND HEIST
Author: Sarah Beth Durst
Publisher: Penguin Random House / Crown Books for Young Readers
Cover Art: Stuart Wade at Diligence Studio
On Sale: December 4, 2018 (Hardcover)
ISBN: 9781101931004 (Hardcover)

Description: Think Ocean's Eleven with were-dragons! Sixteen-year-old Sky Hawkins is a socialite from a family of master thieves... and a were-dragon who must lead her first heist, if she wants to be accepted by her society. But on the night of her first heist, she discovers a dark truth that could reunite her family or tear them apart forever.

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Awards: Missouri Truman Readers Award Longlist Nominee, Tome Society It List

Foreign Editions: German Translation (cbj, Verlagsgruppe Random House)


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About THE QUEEN OF SORROW

Title: THE QUEEN OF SORROW, Book Three of The Queens of Renthia
Author: Sarah Beth Durst
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Cover Art: Stephan Martiniere
On Sale: May 15, 2018 (Hardcover)
ISBN: 9780062413383 (Hardcover)
ISBN: 9780062474155 (Paperback)
ISBN: 9781538519561 (Audiobook)
ISBN: 9783764532116 (German Translation from Penhaligon Verlag)

Description: The battle between vicious spirits and strong-willed queens that started in the award-winning The Queen of Blood and continued in the powerful The Reluctant Queen comes to a stunning conclusion in The Queen of Sorrow, the final volume of Sarah Beth Durst's The Queens of Renthia trilogy.

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Awards: 2 starred reviews

Foreign/Other Editions: German Translation (Penhaligon / Random House), Australian Edition (HarperCollins Australia), Audiobook (HarperAudio)


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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)
ISBN: 9781328603913 (Paperback)
ISBN: 9781501997426 (Audiobook from Recorded Books)

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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Awards: A Junior Library Guild Selection, Mythopoeic Fantasy Award Finalist, Cybils Award Finalist, 2 Starred Reviews

Other Editions: Audiobook (Recorded Books)


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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: 9780062474117 (Paperback)
ISBN: 9781538419199 (Audiobook)
ISBN: 9783764532000 (German Translation from Penhaligon Verlag)

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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Foreign/Other Editions: Science Fiction Book Club, Audiobook (HarperAudio), German Translation (Penhaligon / Random House), Australian Edition (HarperCollins Australia)


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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 (Hardcover)

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)
ISBN: 9781328941657 (Paperback)
ASIN: B071XWPL1T (Audiobook)

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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Foreign/Other Editions: Available in Swedish, Norwegian, and Finnish through GIRL:IT (Stabenfeldt); Audiobook (Recorded Books)


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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 (US Hardcover)
ISBN: 9780062474094 (US Paperback)
ISBN: 9781441714640 (US Audiobook)
ISBN: 9780062662064 (Australian Edition from HarperCollins Australia)
ISBN: 9783764531881 (German Translation from Penhaligon Verlag)

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

Foreign/Other Editions: German Translation (Penhaligon / Random House), Australian Edition (HarperCollins Australia), Portuguese Translation (Brazil) (Hunter Books), Russian Translation (Exsmo), Audiobook (HarperAudio)


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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 for Hardcover: Andrea Femerstrand
Cover Art for Paperback: Manuel Sumberac
On Sale: November 3, 2015 (Hardcover)
ISBN: 9780544464971 (US Hardcover)
ISBN: 9780544935266 (US Paperback)
ASIN: B0161QOXIQ (US Audiobook)
ISBN: 9783785585832 (German Translation from Loewe)
ISBN: 9785041032074 (Russian Translation from Eksmo)

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, Florida Sunshine State Young Readers Award 3rd Place Winner, Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children's Literature Finalist, a Kirkus Best Middle-Grade Book of 2015, an Amazon Best Book of November 2015

Foreign/Other Editions: Czech Translation (Fragment/Albatros), German Translation (Loewe Verlag), Russian Translation (Exsmo), Audiobook (Recorded Books)


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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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Foreign/Other Editions: German Translation (Papierverzierer Verlag), Audiobook (Audible)


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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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Film: Film Rights to actress Selma Blair (Sainted Productions)


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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

Foreign/Other Editions: Scholastic Book Fair, Audiobook (Audible), German Translation (Papierverzierer Verlag)


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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, Andre Norton Award Finalist, Kirkus Best Teen Books, Cybils F/SF YA Award Finalist, 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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Foreign/Film: Film Rights to Sepia Films*, Australia / New Zealand Edition (Allen & Unwin), Russian Translation (Ripol Classic Publishers)

* DRINK SLAY LOVE premiered on Lifetime as a TV movie on 9/16/17, starring Cierra Ramirez and Gregg Sulkin, with executive producers Sheri Singer and Bella Thorne.


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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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Foreign Editions: German Translation (Egmont/Lyx)


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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: 9781416986430 (US Hardcover)
ISBN: 9781416986447 (US Paperback)
ISBN: 9781847386571 (UK Paperback from S&S, 2009)
ISBN: 9783802586026 (German Translation from Egmont / Lyx, 2012)
ISBN: 9785386092870 (Russian Translation from Ripol Classic, 2016)

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: Andre Norton Award Finalist, Boston Authors Club Young Readers Award Finalist

Foreign Editions: German Translation (Egmont/Lyx), UK Edition (Simon & Schuster UK), Russian Translation (Ripol Classic Publishers)


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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.

Reviews: click here to read reviews

Awards: Andre Norton Award Finalist, Cybils Fantasy/SF Award Finalist, Missouri Truman Readers Award Nominee, Florida Sunshine State Young Readers Award Nominee


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