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Tara Altebrando

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Tara Altebrando is the author of numerous books for young adult and middle-grade readers. Her upcoming book, THE LEAVING (Bloomsbury), is a YA thriller that received a starred PW review and is a Junior Library Guild selection. Her other YA novels include ROOMIES, coauthored with Sara Zarr; Dreamland Social Club (A Kirkus Reviews Best Books for Teens), The Best Night of (Your) Pathetic Life, What Happens Here, and The Pursuit of Happiness.

Tara is a Harvard graduate who lives in Queens, NY, with her husband and children.

Average rating: 3.52 · 21,224 ratings · 3,769 reviews · 12 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Leaving

3.46 avg rating — 9,927 ratings — published 2016 — 16 editions
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The Best Night of Your (Pat...

3.50 avg rating — 1,822 ratings — published 2012 — 6 editions
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Dreamland Social Club

3.71 avg rating — 877 ratings — published 2011 — 7 editions
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The Pursuit of Happiness

3.79 avg rating — 450 ratings — published 2006 — 6 editions
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The Possible

3.30 avg rating — 627 ratings — published 2017 — 9 editions
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The Opposite of Here

3.31 avg rating — 467 ratings — published 2018 — 6 editions
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The Battle of Darcy Lane

3.79 avg rating — 320 ratings — published 2014 — 6 editions
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What Happens Here

3.63 avg rating — 263 ratings — published 2008 — 6 editions
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Take Me With You

3.17 avg rating — 179 ratings — published 2020 — 4 editions
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My Life in Dioramas

3.92 avg rating — 105 ratings — published 2015 — 4 editions
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Tara Altebrando answered a question about The Leaving:
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The book was released in the US on June 7th. (today!) And also in England and Australia either today (England) or last week (AUS). Thanks for your question!
Tara Altebrando and 5 other people liked Mary's review of The Leaving:
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"Started this on the train on the way home from the AAP Librarian's preview and couldn't stop reading it. Wanted to come in late to work on Thursday just so I could finish it. The real question for me was the resolution: would it hold up and be believ" Read more of this review »
Tara Altebrando and 5 other people liked Sam Barnes's review of The Leaving:
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"This book was sent to me by Bloomsbury Australia in exchange for an honest review, and all thoughts expressed are entirely my own.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! The mystery of the story line immediately captivated me, and I enjoyed how parts of the " Read more of this review »
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"I LOVED this, sooooooooo much. I adored the writing, it just completely captivated me and I found this book impossible to put down. The mystery element was pulled off so well. I was left satisfied with the ending and so happy with this book as a whol" Read more of this review »
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“I felt sort of sad that I couldn’t remember the last time, before tonight, that I’d paid such close attention to the sky. It felt like that must be some kind of sign that I’d lost my innocence and grown up without even realizing it.”
Tara Altebrando, The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life

“I knew guys got erections.
I was perfectly prepared to deal with it. When the right guy and the right erection came along.”
Tara Altebrando, The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life

“It’s wonderful,” his mother says, and I feel something old and familiar course through my blood. It fills
all four chambers of my heart, and I think maybe, just maybe, it’s happiness.”
Tara Altebrando, The Pursuit of Happiness

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