Thanks to a teen reader for letting me know that NPR is creating a list of the Best-Ever Teen Novels–and North of Beautiful has been nominated! I can hardly believe it. You can vote for your 10 favorite titles, including some of my beloved faves like the classic Betsy-Tacy series and books by John Green, Laurie Halse Anderson, Sarah Dessen and more!


  • Congrats!
    About a year ago, I randomly picked this book up at the library w/o having any idea about the plot.
    It was amazing! The journey it takes the reader on is an incredible roller coaster of self examination and definition. I consider myself distinctly different in a way that is very noticeable and public. Reading your book was extremely inspiring and motivating. I couldn’t get the message out of my head for weeks, months, and now a year.
    This is one of the few books that has resounded so deeply with me. Thank you so much!

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