The Passion of Dolssa

The Passion of Dolssa The Passion of Dolssa, releasing April 12, 2016 from Viking Children's Books, is a young adult historical novel set during 13th Century southern France, in the aftermath of the Albigensian Crusade. The novel has garnered five starred reviews so far, and has been named a Junior Library Guild selection. The Penguin Random House audiobook, narrated by Jayne Entwistle, Fiona Hardingham, and Allan Corduner, will release at the same time.
The Passion of Dolssa

What Reviewers Are Saying

“Powerful and heartbreaking, The Passion of Dolssa shows us that the voices of dissent can only be silenced for so long. Their echoes carry down the centuries, sounding warnings for our own time. Julie Berry writes the past as if she lived it.” Jennifer Donnelly, New York Times bestselling author of These Shallow Graves

- Jennifer Donnelly

“Julie Berry’s sweeping tapestry of friendship and belief is both epic and intimate, both sweet and painful.” Elizabeth Wein, author of Code Name Verity and Rose Under Fire

- Elizabeth Wein

“Two unique girls, thrown together in a time of change and danger. One transcendent reading experience.” Nancy Werlin, National Book Award honoree and New York Times bestseller

- Nancy Werlin

“An expertly crafted piece of historical fiction, Berry’s latest is a must for middle and high school libraries.” School Library Journal, starred review

- School Library Journal

“A beautiful and timeless tale of family and loyalty, friendship and devotion.” Mette Ivie Harrison, author of New York Times Notable Book The Bishop’s Wife

- Mette Ivie Harrison

“Immersive and mesmerizing … a gorgeously built world.” Kirkus Reviews

- Kirkus Review

“Berry again delivers an utterly original and instantly engrossing story…she weaves a tense, moving portrait of these two teenage girls and their struggle to survive against insurmountable odds.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

- Publishers Weekly

“Irresistibly compelling…[Berry conveys] complex historical and religious matters fluently and accessibly for today’s readers.” The Horn Book, starred review

- The Horn Book

Book Club Selection

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The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place, a middle grade murder mystery from Roaring Brook.


“Stunning. Hilarious. And wholly original. If David Sedaris and Agatha Christie had a child, it would be Julie Berry.”
Holly Goldberg Sloan, bestselling author of Counting by 7s.


“Romance blooms in unexpected places, and danger lurks around every corner in this delightfully farcical tale.”
Publisher’s Weekly, starred review.


All the Truth That’s In Me, a YA novel from Viking (Penguin Books). A YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Top Ten title, nominated for the MWA Edgar award for YA.

Five starred reviews. A best teen book of 2013 (Kirkus) and a best book of 2013 (SLJ). Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal.

“Stunning … Every now and then, a novel comes along with such an original voice that readers slow down to savor the poetic prose. This is such a story. A tale of uncommon elegance, power and originality.”
Kirkus, starred review.

Saturated with repressed longing. Mesmerizing. Berry’s language undulates and flows. The Boston Globe - Boston Globe review
The 2014 Whitney Award Winner - Whitney
2015 Sakura Medal Nominee (Japan) - Sakura Medal
Winner of the 2014 Silver Inky Award in Australia, honoring the top young adult title published in Australia, written by a non-Australian. - Silver Inky
“Immersive and mesmerizing … a gorgeously built world.” Kirkus Reviews - Kirkus Review