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Sarah Aronson

Connection to Illinois: Aronson lives in Chicago.

Biography: Sarah Aronson began writing for kids and teens when someone in an exercise class dared her to try. Since then, she has earned an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts and has published many books for kids and teens. When Sarah is not writing or reading (or practicing yoga or riding her bike), she is talking to readers about creativity, writing, social action, and of course, sparkle power! She loves working with other writers in one of her classes at the amazing Highlights Foundation or Writers on the Net. Warning: When she gets really excited, she makes funny faces and talks with her hands. Don’t be shocked if she talks about the power of play.

  • Just Like Rube Goldberg Crystal Kite Award (Midwest region), Junior Library Guild selection, and on many state reading lists

Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Young adult readers


Selected Titles

ISBN: 1467706973 OCLC: 854849064

Carolrhoda Minneapolis : 2013

"Janine is the "Soul Survivor," the girl who, as a small child, was the only survivor of a Palestinian suicide bomb in Israel that killed her parents. Ten years on, she feels like she's public property more than her own person"--

Beyond lucky
ISBN: 0803735200 OCLC: 650210994

Dial Books 2011

Twelve-year-old Ari Fish is sure that the rare trading card he found has changed his luck and that of his soccer team, but after the card is stolen, he comes to know that we make our own luck, and that heroes can be fallible.

Brand-New Bubbe
ISBN: 1623542499 OCLC: 1224041620

Charlesbridge 2022

When Jillian joins Bubbe for some mom-mandated matzo ball soup making, she realizes she has room in her heart (and stomach!) for one more grandmother. But how can she convince Noni and Gram she still loves them just as much? A super soup celebration, of course! Chaos in the kitchen leads to matzo ball soup, spicy gazpacho, meatball soup, and a trio of grandmas united in their love for their family.Complete with all three soup recipes, Brand-New Bubbe captures the warmth of blended family and honors the joys of cooking with the ones you love.

Halfway to Happily Ever After
ISBN: 0545941628 OCLC: 1037276666

Scholastic Press 2018

With two levels of fairy godmother training behind her, Isabelle is actually looking forward to Level Three. But when half the trainees go on strike, regular training seems to go up in sparkles again.

Head Case
ISBN: 1596432144 OCLC: 81916848

Roaring Book Press New York : 2007

Seventeen-year-old Frank Marder struggles to deal with the aftermath of an accident he had while driving drunk that killed two people, including his girlfriend, and left him paralyzed from the neck down.

Just like Rube Goldberg
ISBN: 1481476688 OCLC: 1031407682

Beach Lane Books 2019

Rube Goldberg was a real cartoonist who got really, really famous by inventing a whole lot of crazy, brilliant, impractical, funny stuff. None of which ever got made. Does that make any sense? It will after you read this book!

Keep Calm and Sparkle On!
ISBN: 0545941598 OCLC: 989968815

Scholastic Press 2017

Seeking to succeed at level two of fairy godmother training, Isabelle faces a conundrum when her new princess asks her to grant a wish that will make her old princess very upset.

Survival of the Sparkliest!
ISBN: 0545941652 OCLC: 1077270043

Scholastic Press 2019

"Q: What will Isabelle learn in level four? a) How to be a great fairy godmother b) The TRUE story of the Unhappy Princess c) The secret to Clotilda's success d) All of the above. Isabelle has finally made it to the last level of fairy godmother training! Once she aces the final, she'll be a real fairy godmother. She can't wait for unlimited sparkles, fancy wands, and a chance to reconnect with her first assignment, non-princess Nora. But a sparkly disaster throws Isabelle for a loop. Suddenly her future as a fairy godmother isn't looking like a wish come true. Is she destined for the Home for Normal Girls after all?"

The Princess and the Pea
ISBN: 0689846851 OCLC: 50258336

Little Simon 2002

A young girl feels a pea through twenty mattresses and proves she is a real princess. A Pop-up book.

The Worst Fairy Godmother Ever!
ISBN: 1338141481 OCLC: 1033620067

Scholastic Press 2018

Resolving to pass her fairy godmother training, Isabelle is given the daunting challenge of helping a non-royal "practice princess" who does not believe in fairy godmothers or happily ever-afters.