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Sara Saedi

Sara Saedi was born in Tehran, Iran smack-dab in the middle of a war and an Islamic Revolution. As the story goes, she entered the world to the sounds of bombs exploding near the hospital. Though her memory of the day is a little fuzzy, the life and death stakes surrounding her birth helped prepare her for a writing career. Sara received a B.A. in Film and Mass Communications from the University of California, Berkeley and began her career as a creative executive for ABC Daytime. In 2010, she left the company to pursue her dream of being a writer. She’s since penned three TV movies for ABC Family, won a Daytime Emmy for What If…, a web series she wrote for ABC, and worked as a staff writer on the FOX sitcom The Goodwin Games. Most recently, she wrote a pilot for The Disney Channel and sold her debut YA novel Never Ever to Viking Children’s Books for publication in summer 2016. She currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and her pug, Mabel.

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5 Books by Muslim and/or Middle Eastern Authors to Add to Your Shelf This Year

If your goal is to read more diverse books in 2018, you’re in luck, because Penguin Teen has a great offering of stories penned by a diverse range of authors who identify as Muslim and/or Middle Eastern. Whether you’re looking to see yourself in a new story or want to read outside your own experience, … Continued
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10 Things That Inevitably Happen When You’re Seventeen

What if you were seventeen forever? In our favorite new Peter Pan retelling Never Ever, Wylie Dalton finds herself whisked away by a boy named Phinn to a mysterious tropical island off the coast of New York City where everyone’s stuck at seventeen and life is an ongoing party. Sounds awesome, right? We asked Never Ever author Sara Saedi … Continued
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9 Retellings You’ll Feel Guilty For Liking Better Than the Original

Sometimes you love a story so much you can read it again and again. But after you’ve read it five…six…seven…times, you may need to move on for a minute. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite retellings that, dare I say it, you might even like more than the original!   Piper by Jay Asher … Continued
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12 Books to Quench Your Fairy Tale Thirst

Are you looking for a little more magic in your life? Are there not enough Disney movies or Once Upon a Time seasons to keep you satisfied? Look no further: Our little questionnaire will help you figure out exactly which books will satisfy your fairy tale cravings.   Are you feeling in touch with your bad side … Continued
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9 Books That Blend Reality and Fantasy

Some of the greatest joys in life come from blending two awesome things into one even MORE awesome thing—peanut butter and chocolate, Arnold Palmers, high-low dresses (at a certain point in fashion history….). So we shouldn’t be surprised that the same holds true for book genres! Whether you’re primarily a fan of contemporary novels or … Continued
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The 6 Worst Fictional Islands to Get Stuck On

Worst. Islands. Ever. The end of the summer is almost upon us, which means you’re either vacationing or dreaming of doing so. If you’re in the latter group, why not soothe your jealousy by thinking of the terrible vacation spots you’re avoiding instead? Check out our list of the worst islands you could visit below. … Continued
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11 Books to Read If You Have Disney Fever

If you saw Beauty and the Beast on opening night, find yourself trolling the internet for the latest princess-inspired fashions, and can’t stop singing “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” from Mulan it can only mean one thing—you’ve got Disney Fever! Check out our list of books to help you cope with the affliction … Continued
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15 Romances to Heat Up Your Summer

Grab your shades, because these summer romances are hotter than the sun. Perfect for reading at the beach or by the pool, indoors or under the stars, these are the kind of stories that will stick with you for the whole summer and all the summers to follow.     Once and for All by … Continued
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