Thursday, February 2, 2012

Author Spotlight: Gabrielle Zevin

Gabrielle Zevin is a novelist and screenplay writer who has written three novels for teenagers (so far) and has had several screenplays optioned to be made into movies. Growing up, she loved to type on her grandmother's typewriter. She started writing plays at around age 8 and always thought she would grow up to be a playwright, not a novelist. She is a graduate of Harvard  and lives in New York City.

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Zevin, Gabrielle. All These Things I've Done.
Anya Balanchine's dead father was the head of Balanchine Chocolate and the head of one of New York City's most notorious crime families. It is 2083 and chocolate has been outlawed. When the crush worthy new boy turns out to be the new district attorney's son, she might have to choose between her family or true love.

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Zevin, Gabrielle. Elsewhere.
When she wakes up on a cruise ship that she doesn't remember boarding, Liz Hall thinks she is having a strange dream. But it's no dream. She has died and is going to a place called Elsewhere, the place you go when you die. It looks and feels just like Earth, except you can't die and you age backwards from the age at which you died. She was only 15. How will she live the rest of her life?

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Zevin, Gabrielle. Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac.
Naomi Porter has amnesia. When she wakes up in the hospital after a nasty fall, she can't remember the past four years of her life. As she puts together the story of who she was before the accident, nothing makes sense. What did she ever see in her boyfriend Ace? What  was so great about being  the co-editor of the yearbook? Are we the sum total of our memories and experiences or are we something more?

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