Tuesday, May 17, 2022

EVEN AND ODD Now Available in Paperback!

EVEN AND ODD comes out in paperback today, so I took a few copies to the backyard for a photo shoot! I loved writing this book! It's an MG fantasy adventure about two sisters who share magic on alternating days. Plus there's a unicorn named Jeremy!



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Monday, May 09, 2022

THE SHELTERLINGS is a Junior Library Guild selection!!!

Exciting news! I'm so very, very thrilled to share that my new book for kids, THE SHELTERLINGS, is a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection! Thank you so much, Junior Library Guild, for this wonderful honor!


Thursday, April 21, 2022

B&N Sale on Pre-Orders

Really cool sale at Barnes & Noble today and tomorrow: 25% off all pre-orders! So if you'd like to meet Holly the squirrel and all her friends at the Shelter for Rejected Familiars, it's an excellent time to pre-order THE SHETLERLINGS!



And you can also pre-order the paperback of EVEN AND ODD (two sisters who share magic go on an adventure with a unicorn named Jeremy)! Just use the code: PREORDER25.


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Monday, April 11, 2022


Absolutely thrilled with this lovely review from Kirkus for my next kids book, THE SHELTERLINGS! Holly would be SO happy to be referred to as an impressive rodent hero!


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Thursday, April 07, 2022

Where Ideas Come From

This is a weasel riding a woodpecker (photo by Martin Le-May). 

And below is the cover for my next MG novel for kids, THE SHELTERLINGS (coming in June from HarperCollins / Clarion Books), in case you ever wondered where ideas come from.

Granted, in the photo, things aren't going well for the woodpecker, whereas in THE SHELTERLINGS, Holly (the squirrel) and Gus (the owl) are best friends. Then again, the woodpecker and weasel probably aren't about to meet a dragon...


Monday, March 07, 2022

Announcing THE LAKE HOUSE!!!

So excited to be able to share my big news! I sold a new book -- my first ever YA thriller -- to the fabulous Kristen Pettit at HarperTeen, via my incredible agent Andrea Somberg! It's called THE LAKE HOUSE and will be coming out in spring 2023! I can't wait for you all to meet Claire, Reyva, and Mariana!

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Wednesday, January 05, 2022


New year, new book! Very excited to introduce my next book for kids, THE SHELTERLINGS, coming in June from HarperCollins / Clarion Books! So excited for you all to meet Holly the squirrel and her friends at the Shelter for Rejected Familiars!

Gorgeous cover art by the brilliant and outrageously talented Brandon Dorman!



Monday, November 29, 2021

Gift Giving Guide 2021

If you're looking 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 person on your list, I thought I'd put together a little gift guide:

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, an 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, an epic fantasy about monster racing.

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

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 quiet kid or the kid who loves dragons... SPARK, a fantasy novel for kids ages 8-12 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 loves cats... CATALYST, a fantasy book for kids ages 8-12 about a girl who finds a tiny kitten that grows and grows and grows... and then starts talking!

For the kid who always wanted to walk through a portal to another world... EVEN AND ODD, a fantasy novel for kids ages 8-12 about two sisters who share magic. Also starring a unicorn named Jeremy.

For more info on these and any of my other books, please visit www.sarahbethdurst.com.

And 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, October 13, 2021

Powell's Books Virtual Event

Very excited to talk with one of my favorite authors (and favorite people!) Terry Brooks TODAY (Wed 10/13 at 5pm PT) via the fabulous bookstore Powell's! Hope you can join us!

RSVP here: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/6916280995009/WN_jtAKih8hTDa2t54IbdwUKw

Monday, October 04, 2021


Got an amazing present from my amazing friend, Deb Fisher. She's a maker (https://www.instagram.com/fishmuseum), and I dedicated THE BONE MAKER to her, so she made me a pouch of bones carved with spells from my book! How cool is this?!? I love it (and her) so much!