Sarah Jane Abbott

Sarah Jane Abbott

Sarah Jane Abbott is an assistant editor for Paula Wiseman Books and Beach Lane Books, imprints of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing.  She grew up having Nancy Drew books read to her by her father, and is now an avid reader of mystery, thriller, and horror, along with everything from literary fiction to poetry to personal essays.  She graduated from Bucknell University with a degree in English and a concentration in creative writing.  Sarah Jane is an advocate of quasi-destructive book love – her best-loved volumes are highlighted, scribbled in, dog-eared, and wavy from being dropped in the bath tub.


Posts by Sarah Jane Abbott

In Memoriam: 12 Authors We Lost Too Soon in 2016

In 2016, we said good-bye to many literary luminaries. These authors have inspired us, challenged us to think deeply, and opened windows into the lives and struggles of others. Here we remember some of the award winners, trailblazers, and creators of beloved classics whose works will stand the test of time.

12 Super Sleuthy Books for Grown-Up Fans of Nancy Drew

When I was young, there was nothing more thrilling than pulling a brand-new, yellow-spined Nancy Drew mystery off my shelf. What new adventures would the girl detective encounter with her blue roadster gassed up and her faithful friends Bess and George at her side? I couldn’t wait to dive into her world again, and with every chapter-ending cliffhanger, I’d breathlessly ask to have just one more chapter read to me. If as an adult you are awash with nostalgia for the Nancy Drew series, here are some grown-up female sleuths with continuing series to devour.

Memory, Obsession, and the Fragility of Adolescence

As I read Emma Cline’s engrossing debut novel THE GIRLS, I was struck by how much it reminded me of Jeffrey Eugenides’s Pulitzer Prize–winning debut novel, THE VIRGIN SUICIDES. Both of these novels are stunning in the beauty of their prose and the depth of their perception about adolescence, memory, and obsession.

15 Great Books for Young Readers On Your Holiday List

With the holidays right around the corner, many of us have young people in our lives to buy gifts for. What better gift than a book? If you need fresh suggestions since our last children’s book gift guide, here are even more wonderful books for the little bookworms in your life—from infant up through young adult.

A Literary Case of Mistaken Identity

Have you ever been mistaken for someone else and considered just going along with it? The titular character in Chris Belden’s rollicking academic farce, SHRIVER, takes that impulse to a new level when he is mistaken for a famous, misanthropic author who shares his name.

Happy Birthday, Stephen King! 8 of Our Favorites From the Master

There are few writers with the depth and range to give us historical fiction about a presidential assassination; a dystopian novel about a reality TV competition; a moving and magical serial novel about death row inmates; a thousand-plus-page epic about an evil shape-shifting clown; an inspiring and enlightening memoir on the writing life; an eight-volume fantasy Western saga; numerous award-winning short-story collections—the list goes on and on. The writer I am talking about, of course, is the one and only Stephen King. He never ceases to delight and chill us with the power of his imagination. His writing holds a mirror up to his readers and asks: Who are we? What do we desire most and what are we willing to do to get it? What do we truly fear?

14 Boy Books for Long Summer Days

We know the many girls of literature—whether they are gone or on a train or marked with a dragon tattoo—but as the hazy August afternoons grow long, I’m looking for something else: the boys of summer! Whether you love literary fiction, memoir, horror, or anything in between, here are some boys you’ll want to meet.

People Who Live in Glass Houses Shouldn’t Commit Murder

In recent years, thrillers with unreliable narrators have become a thriving and best-selling genre, with books like GONE GIRL and THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN making way for countless others. I love thrillers because they invite the reader to try to put together a puzzle—to solve a mystery or figure out where the plot is going before being told. And what could be more challenging than attempting to do this based on information from a narrator who may be lying or delusional?

10 Books That Take You Inside the Strange and Wonderful World of Carnivals

Few things capture my imagination more than popcorn-smelling circus tents and the lights and sounds of the carnival midway. These places always seem full of mystery, romance, and oddity—and what the patrons see is only the beginning. These ten books will transport you to dark and glamorous carnivals and circuses, where nothing is as it seems.

A Richly Layered Novel of a Family Unraveling

I love when a novel surprises me. Myla Goldberg’s Bee Season has a quiet cover, plain red with a white circle reminiscent of Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary. It starts quietly as well, with an eleven-year-old winning her class spelling bee.

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