The Passion of Dolssa Ages 12 and up.
A compelling tale of friendship, loyalty, danger, and betrayal. Set during the 13th Century in southern France, it tells the story of Dolssa, a teenaged mystic, condemned as a heretic by Dominican inquisitors for the visions she won’t deny, and of Botille, the peasant matchmaker and tavern-keeper who rescues Dolssa from death after she escapes her execution and flees as a fugitive across Provence. Botille, her sisters, and a surly newcomer named Symo all help to conceal Dolssa from the inquisitor hunting her down. But their attempt at compassion only brings danger upon them, their community, and everything they love.
From Viking Children’s Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group. Available to order from your local independent bookstore, chain store, or online bookseller. ISBN: 978-0451469922. Also available as an ebook and an audiobook. Click here to read a short excerpt.
- A 2017 ALA Michael L. Printz Honor title
- A 2017 YALSA Top Ten Title
- A New York Times Notable Title for 2016
- A Horn Book Fanfare Title for 2016
- A Booklist Best of 2016 Title for 2016
- 2016 School Library Journal Best of YA Selection
- A Publisher’s Weekly Best of 2016 Title
- A Junior Library Guild Selection
Download Discussion Questions for The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry here. Questions prepared by Luisa Perkins.
Here’s a short video about the setting and historical backdrop.
The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow PlaceReleased September 23, 2014 from Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan. Available to order from your local independent bookstore, chain store, or online bookseller. Hardcover ISBN: 978-1596439566. Paperback ISBN: 978-1250073396. Also available as an eBook and an award-winning audiobook. To be published in five countries and territories worldwide [US, UK, Germany, Brazil, Japan]. View the animated trailer!
The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place Released September 23, 2014 from Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan. Available to order from your local independent bookstore, chain store, or online bookseller. Hardcover ISBN: 978-1596439566. Paperback ISBN: 978-1250073396. Also available as an eBook and an award-winning audiobook. To be published in five countries and territories worldwide [US, UK, Germany, Brazil, Japan]. View the animated trailer!
or on Vimeo at https://vimeo.com/110800833. Seven proper finishing school girls in 1890 England find themselves sans one crabby headmistress when she and her odious brother fall down dead at dinner. Pocked Louise suspects poison, but it’s Smooth Kitty, egged on by Disgraceful Mary Jane, who proposes running the school with Stout Alice disguised as the headmistress. A back-garden burial inaugurates their freedom from adult rule, but pesky neighbors, inconvenient suitors, and a murderer who may strike again threaten to topple their audacious scheme.
- “A delicious confection.” Jessica Day George, bestselling author of Wednesdays in the Tower
- “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.
- “Droll farce yields to intriguing mystery.” Kirkus Reviews
- “An immensely entertaining, smart, and frothy diversion.” The Horn Book
- “… beautifully written, with rich vocabulary, charming details, spunky dialogue, and plucky heroines . . . delightfully zany.” VOYA
- “Romance blooms in unexpected places, and danger lurks around every corner in this delightfully farcical tale, full of twists and turns.” « Publisher’s Weekly, starred review.
All the Truth That’s In Me Ages 12 and up. Released September 26, 2013 from Viking. Available to purchase from your local independent bookstore, chain store, or online bookseller Papberback ISBN: 978-0142427309 Hardcover ISBN-13: 978-0670786152 | Also available as an eBook and audiobook. To be published in 13 countries and territories worldwide. “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
“Lyrical language, a good mystery, and a compelling heroine–this is a page-turner with substance.” – School Library Journal, starred review “Suspenseful and haunting. Her poetic narrative … will draw readers in, and the gradual unveiling of secrets will keep them absorbed.” – Publishers Weekly, starred review
- 5 starred reviews from The Horn Book, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, Kirkus, and The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
- 2013 Horn Book Fanfare title
- 2013 School Library Journal Best of 2013 selection
- Kirkus Best Read for 2013
- A Boston Globe Top YA title for 2013
- Junior Library Guild selection
- Nominee for YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults award
- Shortlisted for the UK’s Carnegie Medal, the top prize for children’s books in the UK
- Shadowers’ choice award winner for the UK’s Carnegie Medal
- Winner of Australia’s Silver Inky award, its top prize for children’s books by non-Australian authors
- Kids Indie Next List
- 2014 TAYSHAS Top Ten Pick
- 2014 YALSA BFYA Top Ten title for teens
- 2014 Whitney Award Winner
- 2015 Sakura Medal Nominee (Japan)
- 2014 Westchester Award Winner
- New Jersey State Library Best Books for Teens 2013
- Booklist 2014 Children’s and YA “Notables” List
Secondhand Charm Ages 10 and up. Released October 12, 2010 from Bloomsbury USA Available from your local independent bookstore, chain store, or online bookseller. ISBN-10: 1599907380 | ISBN-13: 978-1599907383 | Also available as an eBook. “Berry’s romantic fantasy teems with action, suspense and a bit of boy-next-door romance. An entertaining read, guaranteed.” Kirkus. “Between the charm of having an absolutely loyal, amazingly powerful enchanted animal companion, the sweetness of a tentative romance, the comforting sturdiness of Evie’s character, the swash and buckle of adventure, and the intrigue of palace betrayal, this novel acts as a blanket you want to curl up in with a “do not disturb” sign until you are finished, and then you might just be tempted to start at the beginning again.” Bulletin for the Center for Children’s Books
The Amaranth Enchantment Ages 10 and up. Released March 3, 2009 from Bloomsbury USA. Available from your local independent bookstore, chain store, or online bookseller.Paperback ISBN-10: 1599904497, ISBN-13: 978-1599904498 | Hardcover ISBN-10: 1599903342, ISBN-13: 978-1599903347. Now available as an audiobook from Recorded Books Inc., and as an ebook. “A lively, quick, stylish, engaging first novel with some lovely, familiar fairy-tale elements.” Kirkus. “Lucinda has to work harder than most such heroines to acquire her happily-ever-after ending, but her efforts eventually pay off, while leaving readers with enough unanswered questions to set imaginations spinning.” Publisher’s Weekly, starred review “Romantics and fantasy lovers will happily devour this debut novel.” School Library Journal. “Readers will find themselves swept away by the action and captivated by the suspense, while the many twists advance the plot superbly and keep the reader’s imagination spinning.” VOYA
Splurch Academy for Disruptive Boys, a new series from Grosset & Dunlap. Ages 8 and up. Illustrated by Sally Faye Gardner (that’s my sister!) # 1: The Rat Brain Fiasco Available from your local independent bookstore, chain store, or online bookseller. ISBN-10: 0448453592 | ISBN-13: 978-0448453590 | Also available as an ebook.
“The imaginative writing and goofy plot will attract reluctant readers. With a tongue-in-cheek style and hilarious cartoons, the laugh-out-loud story is sure to creep off the shelves.” School Library Journal.