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Publication Order of April and Darcy Books

April Upstairs (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Darcy Downstairs (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Kid Power Books

Kid Power (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kid Power Strikes Back (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Last Survivors Books

Life As We Knew It (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dead and the Gone (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
This World We Live In (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Shade of the Moon (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Make Me a Star Books

Prime Time (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wanting It All (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
On the Move (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Love Scenes (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hard Times High (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Take Two and...Rolling! (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon

Chronological Order of Make Me a Star Books

Publication Order of Nobody's Daughter Books

Nobody's Daughter (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Justice for Emily (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Perfect Image Books

Publication Order of Portraits of Little Women Books

Meg's Story (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jo's Story (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Beth's Story (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Amy's Story (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Meg Makes a Friend (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jo Makes a Friend (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Beth Makes a Friend (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Amy Makes a Friend (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Christmas Dreams (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Gift for Jo (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Gift for Meg (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Gift for Amy (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Birthday Wishes (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ghostly Tales (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The Sebastian Sisters Books

Evvie at Sixteen (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Thea at Sixteen (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Claire at Sixteen (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sybil at Sixteen (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Meg at Sixteen (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Just Morgan (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rainbows and Fireworks (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Beauty Queen (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Whatever Words You Want to Hear (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Marly the Kid (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
Better Than All Right (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Awful Evelina (With: Diane Dawson Hearn) (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
About David (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Just Between Us (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Starring Peter And Leigh (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
What Do You Do When Your Mouth Won't Open? (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Matter of Principle (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Starting with Melodie (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Courage, Dana (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Truth Or Dare (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Paper Dolls (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Friendship Pact (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year Without Michael (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Turning Thirteen (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rewind to Yesterday (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dear Dad, Love Laurie (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Future Forward (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Head of the Class (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Most Precious Blood (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Twin Surprises (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Family of Strangers (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Twin Troubles (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ring of Truth (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Make Believe (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Twice Taken (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Trouble With Wishes (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Pizza Puzzle (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Devil's Den (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
American Portraits: Revenge of the Aztecs (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blood Wounds (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Picture Books

The Riddle Streak (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sara Kate, Superkid (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sara Kate Saves the World (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Who Were They Really?: The True Stories Behind Famous Characters (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

From One Experience to Another(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Places I Never Meant To Be(1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
After: Nineteen Stories of Apocalypse and Dystopia(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon

Susan Beth Pfeffer is a bestselling young adult, young adult romance, and young adult fantasy fiction author from New York. Pfeffer was born in New York City in 1948 and lived with her family in Queens before they moved to Long Island. She had the opportunity to live outside the bustling center of New York but still traveled frequently enough with her mother to the city making for the perfect environmental childhood. Her mother was a secretary and during their visits to downtown New York, they would visit the Metropolitan Museum and the planetarium both of which piqued her curiosity. Susan published her debut novel “Just Morgan” in 1970 and the ease of publishing made her think that writing as a career was easy. However, it would take her two years to sell “Better than All Right” her second work. But she persisted and tackling edgy and difficult subject matters such as dysfunctional families, teen murder, sexual harassment, suicide, and runaway or missing children she finally made headway. She won her first award with the controversial title “About David” that she published in 1980. Pfeffer has also written novels for young readers and dealt with similar themes that she does in her young adult works. Even though she is a very versatile author, she is best known for writing young adult novels about young women dealing with adult problems that are on the cusp of understanding.

Beth Pfeffer’s father was a US Supreme Court lawyer and professor of law at Long Island University. He would turn out to be a very large influence in Beth’s life from a very young age. As a six-year-old, she watched him work on a book on constitutional law while they were vacationing in a summer cabin in the mountains. When she read her father’s name on the published work and hers in the dedication, she was hooked and knew she wanted to become an author when she grew up. Since that time she deemed herself a writer and worked on becoming one. Pfeffer did not just sit around hoping to become an author as she embarked on writing. She spent much of her time writing plays, poems, and stories apart from all the school assignments she also has to write. Since she was brought up in a household where her father and mother were writers, she never saw authorship as something only special people do. Inspired, she set out to pen her own novel that was a romance between an Oreo cookie and a pair of scissors. However, Just Morgan would not be published until 1970 and not until 1972 that she published her second novel. She wrote much of her debut novel while she was in her last semester at New York University.

Susan Beth Pfeffer has won a ton of citations and awards for her novels that range from historical and contemporary fiction, young adult to middle-grade novels and picture books. She is also the author of “Portraits of Little Women,” a children’s fiction series targeted at grade 3-6 readers. Pfeffer authored the nonfiction work “You Can Write Children’s Books In Your Spare Time” that is an instruction guide on how to write for children. She currently has more than sixty novels in the “Perfect Image,” “Make Me a Star,” “Sebastian Sisters,” “Portraits of Little Women,” and “The Last Survivors” series alongside several single standing novels and picture books. Among the awards she has won over the years include a South Carolina Young Adult Book Award, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults Award. One of her novels was also named in the list of the top hundred best books for teens published between 1968 and 1993 by the American Library Association. When she is not writing her novels she can be found collecting movie memorabilia, watching movies, and reading histories and biographies. She currently lives with her two cats Emily and Alexander in New York.

Pfeffer’s novel” Prime Time” introduces Miranda Newgate, a tenth grader on a visit to Los Angeles since school is on spring break. They were just relaxing when her cousin comes with the news that a new TV series has a casting call for extras. Miranda auditions for the fringe role but is surprised when she is asked to prepare for a bigger role. But soon she is back home in Massachusetts writing biology projects and term papers and hoping to get a call to go back to Hollywood to become an actress. Molly O’Malley takes her stage acting career very seriously but could make her career balloon if she can manage to get onto a national network show. Miss Young America is a girl named Alison Blake but her title will not provide a free pass and needs to work harder than her peers to show producers that a pretty face is not all she is about. For TJ Tyler the a former child prodigy who is looking to make a comeback, a leading role is what he needs to show that his early exploits were not a flash in the pan. Rafe Marquez is a greenhorn when it comes to acting but he is a handsome and hot young man that always goes after what he wants, which is to become a superstar. Lastly, is Bill Douglas, a man that has acted on several shows on TV and believes the current assignment would be a breeze. Just who will be chosen to become the next big star on “Hard Time High”?

“Take Two and…Rolling!” by Susan Beth Pfeffer opens to Molly O’Malley living the high life as a star on “Hard Time High” a prime time show that may be her ticket to fortune and fame. But what she has always wanted aside from the steady income is the chance to live a normal life and put down roots. She would also get the opportunity to stop pretending she is fifteen and celebrate her fourteenth having only recently discovered her real birth date. But there is also a price to fame as her mother insists that she has to get a job on the show. Molly’s life on the road is also complicated by the fact that she is still in school. Meanwhile, Rafe Marquez her colleague is getting his first taste of being a star on TV and hopes that he will be able to make enough money to buy a home for his poor family. But while he has been doing very well, he still dreams of making it big as a lead guitarist for a popular band. Things are moving very fast for Bill, Alison, Miranda, TJ, and Molly, and their acceptance into the TV series may just lead to love and new friendships.

Susan Beth Pfeffer’s “Wanting It All” sees things change on “Hard Time High,” the new series on TV as Susie Goldstein the daughter of the producer is offered a role in the show. The former Miss Young America Alison Blake has been an audience favorite ever since she was three and has made money for her family ever since she was three. But now as a sixteen-year-old, she will be judged on merit rather than on looks alone. She gets a dose of reality when Seth Lewin her high school boyfriend comes onto the set and says that he intends to move to California so that they can be together again. Alison is keeping a secret which if let out could result in Molly being let go from the show, even as she fights for Seth. Bill Douglas is a seasoned TV veteran and vice president of the junior class that desires love, celebrity, and success. However, Calista Hasbrouck his longtime girlfriend sees things differently. They are all on the path to become stars but will their exposure result in broken dreams or long-lasting fame?

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