Open Box – Music quotation of the day

Sarah Dessen (1970 -) is an American novelist.

Dessen waitressed at a restaurant while launching her writing career. She would write during the day and waitress at night.

Dessen later went on to quit her job as a waitress after the publication of her first book, That Summer, which was published in 1996.

Dessen’s Along for the Ride made the New York Times Best Sellers List in 2009. After its publication, Dessen was referred to as a “best-seller machine”

Dessen is the New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen novels for teens, including The Truth About Forever, Just Listen and This Lullaby. Her work has been published in over thirty countries and sold millions of copies worldwide.

Some of Dessen’s novels have been among the ALA’s “Best Fiction for Young Adults” selections: That Summer (1997), Someone Like You (1999), Keeping the Moon (2000), Dreamland (2001), This Lullaby (2003), Just Listen (2007), and Along for the Ride (2010).

Someone Like You was also one of the two winners of the 1999 “School Library Journal Best Book” award, and Keeping the Moon was the sole winner the following year.

Dessen was the recipient of the 2017 Margaret A. Edwards Award from the American Library Association for outstanding contribution to young adult literature.

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