Monday, February 06, 2023

THE LAKE HOUSE is a Junior Library Guild selection!!!

Very, very thrilled to share the news that THE LAKE HOUSE, my upcoming YA survival thriller, is a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection! Thank you so much, Junior Library Guild, for this wonderful honor!!

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Monday, January 23, 2023

THE LAKE HOUSE Blurb from E. Lockhart!

Very excited to share this blurb from the brilliant and wonderful E. Lockhart for my upcoming YA survival thriller, THE LAKE HOUSE!!! I'm so happy, honored, and grateful to have her words on my book!


Friday, January 06, 2023

Announcing SPY RING!!!

I'm super excited to announce that I sold a new book, SPY RING, my first ever contemporary middle-grade novel, to my wonderful editor Anne Hoppe at Clarion Books, via my amazing agent Andrea Somberg! It's about two modern-day kids on a treasure-hunt adventure inspired by real-life Revolutionary War hero Anna Smith Strong, America's first female spy!


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Monday, December 12, 2022


Cover reveal!!

I'm so excited to have a story coming out in the upcoming Young Adult horror anthology THE HITHERTO SECRET EXPERIMENTS OF MARIE CURIE (Blackstone Publishing, 4/11/23). The stories imagine mischief Marie might have gotten into had she taken a dark turn in high school.

In my story, Marie Curie encounters a dragon... It was so much fun to write!

The anthology was edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt and Henry Herz, and it features stories by:

Mylo Carbia
G.P. Charles
Stacia Deutsch
Sarah Beth Durst
Henry L. Herz
Alethea Kontis
Susanne L. Lambdin
Dee Leone
Jonathan Maberry
Emily McCosh
Seanan McGuire
Steve Pantazis
Lissa Price
Bryan Thomas Schmidt
Scott Sigler
Christine Taylor-Butler
Jo Whittemore
Jane Yolen

If you're interested, here's more info:

It will be out in April 2023!

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Sunday, December 04, 2022

Curses and Cake

I wrote a short story about a baker with tentacles, an unwanted hero, and a cursed girl -- it's called Curses and Cake, and it's live today on the Sunday Morning Transport! You can read it here:

Sunday, November 27, 2022

Barnes & Noble Riverhead

Thanks so much, Barnes & Noble Riverhead, for a wonderful day!! I had such a great time signing in your gorgeous new bookstore! Anyone out in eastern Long Island, I highly recommend stopping by -- it's a brand-new palace of books!


Friday, November 25, 2022

Gift Giving Guide 2022

Happy holidays! If you'd like to give someone a book by me this holiday season (and if so, thank you and I love you!!!), but you don't know which one to give to which reader, I thought I'd share a gift guide:


For the kid who loves talking animals and baked goods… THE SHELTERLINGS, a fantasy book for kids about a squirrel named Holly and her friends at the Shelter for Rejected Familiars.

For the kid with a sister or the kid who always wanted to walk through a portal to another world... EVEN AND ODD, a fantasy book for kids about two sisters who share magic. Also starring a unicorn named Jeremy.

For the kid who loves cats... CATALYST, a fantasy book for kids about a girl who finds a tiny kitten that grows and grows and grows... and then starts talking!

For the quiet kid or the kid who loves dragons... SPARK, a fantasy book for kids about a quiet girl and her lightning dragon who learn you don't need to change yourself to change the world.

For the kid who knows the power of stories... THE STONE GIRL'S STORY, a fantasy book for kids about a twelve-year-old girl made of living stone on a quest to save her family.

For the kid who wants a loyal best friend who has tentacles and loves cupcakes... THE GIRL WHO COULD NOT DREAM, a fantasy book for kids about a girl whose family owns a secret shop where they buy, bottle, and sell dreams.


For the reader who watched the extended edition of The Lord of the Rings, dabbled in D&D, and/or remembers the Dragonlance books fondly... THE BONE MAKER, a standalone epic fantasy about five heroes 25 years after they defeated an evil wizard and his bone army.

For the reader who thinks the Indy-500 would be better if the cars had a lot more teeth and tentacles... RACE THE SANDS, a standalone epic fantasy about monster racing (and smashing the patriarchy).

For the reader who likes kickass women and very tall trees... THE QUEEN OF BLOOD, Book One of the Queens of Renthia, an epic fantasy trilogy about bloodthirsty nature spirits.

For the reader who likes sea monsters... THE DEEPEST BLUE, a standalone epic fantasy about kickass women, a trial to become queen, and a LOT of sea monsters.


For the teen who likes snark... DRINK SLAY LOVE, a YA fantasy about a 16-year-old vampire girl who is stabbed through the heart by a were-unicorn and develops a very inconvenient conscience.

For the teen who loves fairy-tale romance... ICE, a Beauty-and-the-Beast retelling, set in the present-day Arctic.

For the teen who wishes Ocean's Eleven had more dragons... FIRE AND HEIST, a YA fantasy about a socialite were-dragon who must lead her first heist in order to be accepted by her family of master thieves.

For the teen who wants to be swept away on an adventure... VESSEL, a YA epic fantasy, set in a desert land, about finding your own destiny.

For the teen who is thinking about college... ENCHANTED IVY, a YA fantasy about getting into college (and also were-tigers, talking gargoyles, and dragons).

And for the reader who wants the very newest book... THE LAKE HOUSE, my YA survival thriller about three girls stranded in the wilderness of Maine, is coming out in April 2023 from HarperTeen and is available for preorder!

For more info on these and any of my other books, please visit

If you'd like a signed bookplate (a clear sticker that I'd personalize and you can stick inside any of my books to transform them into signed books) for yourself or for a gift, please drop me an email (sarah AT sarahbethdurst DOT com), and I'd be happy to mail you one (US only).

Happy holidays, and thanks for reading!

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Signing at B&N Riverhead on Sat 11/26

BOOK EVENT!!! This Saturday (11/26) at 12pm ET, I'll be signing books at the Barnes & Noble in Riverhead, NY. It's a shiny, brand-new store, and I'm so excited! If you're in the area, I hope you'll stop by! Signed books make great gifts!

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Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Cover Reveal for THE LAKE HOUSE

COVER REVEAL!!! So excited to share with you the gloriously creepy cover of my new YA book, THE LAKE HOUSE, a thriller coming from HarperTeen in April 2023! Huge thanks to cover artist Elena Masci, my editor Kristen Pettit, and the whole HarperTeen team!

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Thursday, August 25, 2022

Library Finery

Stopped by the library today to pick up a hold (yay for the awesomeness of interlibrary loans!) and got to visit THE SHELTERLINGS in all its library finery. Love seeing my books all shiny, like they’re about to go to the prom.