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Penny Steffen

Pen Name: Sasha Dawn

Connection to Illinois: Steffen lives in the suburbs of Chicago.

Biography: Penny Steffen teaches English composition at McHenry County College and the College of Lake County. She earned her BA from Northern Illinois University and her MA from Seton Hill University. Her first book young adult novel, ''Oblivion'', is a psychological thriller written under the pseudonym Sasha Dawn. Her other published works include women’s fiction and a textbook that she contributed to titled, ''eFabulous: Publishing in a Paperless World.''

  • '''''Oblivion'''''
  • -- Booklist Starred Review
  • -- 2016 ILLINOIS READS Book

Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Young adult readers


Selected Titles

Blink /
ISBN: 1512439770 OCLC: 1001456777

Sixteen-year-old Josh falls in love with newcomer Chatham Claiborne, who has come to town to find her missing sister, but when Chatham suddenly disappears Josh unearths a web of lies and secrecy surrounding her life, and in doing so unwittingly discovers vital clues to the town's longest unsolved mystery.

Oblivion /
ISBN: 1606845705 OCLC: 844789770

Sixteen-year-old Callie Knowles fights her compulsion to write constantly, even on herself, as she struggles to cope with foster care, her mother's life in a mental institution, and her belief that she killed her father, a minister, who has been missing for a year.

Panic /
ISBN: 154153574X OCLC: 1079401012

"When aspiring performer Madelaine finds a poem that helps her finish a song she is writing, she decides to find the author in hopes of starting a collaboration." --

Splinter /
ISBN: 1512411515 OCLC: 956263722

"Sami's mother disappeared ten years ago, and the police have always suspected that Sami's father killed her. But they've never had any convincing evidence ... until now. Sami's sure her father's innocent. Or is she?"--