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Susan Beth Pfeffer - Author

About the Author

Award-winning author Susan Beth Pfeffer, has written over sixty books for children and young adults. She began her career in 1970, with the publication of her first book, Just Morgan, which she wrote her last semester at New York University. Ms. Pfeffer's books include middle-grade novels (The Pizza Puzzle), historical fiction (Nobody's Daughter and its companion volume Justice for Emily), and young adult novels (Family of Strangers and Twice Taken). Her young adult novel About David was awarded the South Carolina Young Adult Book Award.

Her young adult novel The Year Without Michael, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and winner of the South Carolina Young Adult Book Award, was named by the American Library Association as one of the hundred best books for teenagers written between 1968-1993.

Susan Beth Pfeffer is also the author of the popular Portraits of Little Women series. Created for readers grades 3-6, each of the books in the series captures one of the beloved March sisters from Little Women--Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy--at age 10. These unforgettable heroines experience the joys and sorrows of sisterhood, family life, and a changing America.

Featured books by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Other books by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Die Welt, wie wir sie kannten - Die Trilogie (Gesamtausgabe) (Die letzten Uberlebenden )

Die Welt, wie wir sie kannten - Die Trilogie (Gesamtausgabe) (Die letzten Uberlebenden )

Author: Susan Beth Pfeffer Format: eBook Release Date: 02/07/2015

Jetzt als E-Book-Gesamtausgabe: "e;Die Welt, wie wir sie kannten"e;, "e;Die Verlorenen von New York"e; und "e;Das Leben, das uns bleibt"e; - hochspannend und beangstigend realistisch! ---Was zhlt, wenn jeder Tag der letzte sein knnte? Was, wenn die Welt ber Nacht nicht mehr so ist, wie wir sie kannten? Der Mond wird aus seiner Umlaufbahn geworfen und ber Nacht gert die Welt aus den Fugen; Flutkatastrophen, Erdbeben und extreme Wetterumschwnge bedrohen die gesamte Zivilisation. Fr Miranda, Alex und ihre Familien geht es jetzt ums berleben. --- Ein atemberaubendes Zukunftsszenario - aufwhlend und voll packender Spannung.

Kid Power Strikes Back

Kid Power Strikes Back

Author: Susan Beth Pfeffer Format: eBook Release Date: 03/03/2015

To save her business, a young entrepreneur dreams bigger than ever before When she wanted a new bike, Janie started doing odd jobs around the neighborhood for a dollar an hour. She promised her clients that no job was too big or too smalland Kid Power was born. By the end of the summer, she had regular clients, employees, and a steady stream of incomeall the makings of a tiny business empire. But after Labor Day, summer work vanished, and Kid Power was no more. Janie is about to give up on the business when she realizes that there will be snow on the ground soonsnow that needs shoveling. She reinvents Kid Power as a cold-weather company, doing all the winter chores that people will pay her to do. But when the money starts rolling in, so does trouble. Kid Power may be headed for the deep freeze.

Kid Power

Kid Power

Author: Susan Beth Pfeffer Format: eBook Release Date: 03/03/2015

Winner of the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award and the Sequoyah Children's Book Award:To save money for a bike, a young girl becomes a business tycoon Janie is desperate for a new bike, but her parents won't buy her one unless she can pay for half of it herself. She's too young to babysit and it's too late to get a paper route, so Janie decides to open her own business. She calls it Kid Power and promises her customers that there is no problem too big or too small for her to handlebut this budding entrepreneur will soon find that running a company isn't as easy as it looks. As Janie begins walking dogs, feeding cats, cleaning gutters, and pulling weeds, she gets closer and closer to her bike. But as Kid Power grows bigger than Janie can handle, she learns that there are some problems money can't solve, and some things even more important than getting a new bike.

Courage, Dana

Courage, Dana

Author: Susan Beth Pfeffer Format: eBook Release Date: 03/03/2015

After saving a young boy's life, a girl finds that fame can be a real headache On the last warm day of autumn, Dana and her best friend eat ice cream, gossip, and complain about school. It's just like any other afternoon until Dana walks home and sees a toddler break away from his mother and sprint into the street. Without thinking, she chases after him, pushing him onto the sidewalk just before a giant blue car would have run them both down. She didn't mean to do it, but Dana has become a heroineand her life will never be the same. Saving the boy makes her the darling of the entire town. She gets a story written about her in the paper, praise from strangerseven a beautiful Persian kitten as a gift from the boy's mother. At first she loves the attention, but she soon learns that being a celebrity brings hardship, tooand a challenge that will require her to show courage in a whole new way.

Dear Dad, Love Laurie

Dear Dad, Love Laurie

Author: Susan Beth Pfeffer Format: eBook Release Date: 03/03/2015

After her father moves away, Laurie sends her love by mail The scariest thing Laurie has ever seen is a half-empty house, which she discovered the day her dad moved away. The divorce was a long time coming, but that didn't make it hurt any less. To stay in touch with her father, Laurie's mom forces her to write him a letter each week, keeping him updated on everything from quizzes and tests to parties and boys. At first, the letters are a chore, a painful reminder that Dad isn't around anymore, but with every stamp she licks, Laurie finds herself growing up just a little bit more. This remarkable novel, told entirely through Laurie's letters to her father, is a powerful story of divorce and renewal that proves it's not impossible to love someone from afar.

Devil's Den

Devil's Den

Author: Susan Beth Pfeffer Format: eBook Release Date: 03/03/2015

Tending to a veteran's grave leads a boy on a search for his father The battlefield at Gettysburg is a landscape of rolling hills, thickly wooded forests, and monuments to men who died here long ago. When Joey looks at this peaceful landscape, he sees it through the eyes of Joshua Gibbs, a soldier from his hometown who came to Gettysburg to save the Union. Joey comes here with his stepfather hoping to learn more about the soldier whose story has captured his imagination, but he will leave obsessed with another person's history: his own. Joey doesn't know much about his biological father, who left his mother long ago, and he has never been all that curious. But during the trip to Gettysburg, his stepfather announces that he wants to adopt him. This surprising declaration sends Joey on a frantic search for his birth fathera search that uncovers truths even harder to understand than those of Gettysburg, and just as painful as any battle ever fought.

Friendship Pact

Friendship Pact

Author: Susan Beth Pfeffer Format: eBook Release Date: 03/03/2015

Tracy's favorite TV star is coming to town, and she will do anything to meet him face to face The two people Tracy loves most are Rabbit O'Shea, a smooth-talking bad boy, and Ross Perlman, an innocent young man with a golden voice. She could never choose between them, and she'll never have to, because Rabbit is a TV character, and Ross is the actor who plays him. When Ross announces a concert in Tracy's hometown, she pledges to do whatever it takes to meet the real-life Rabbita decision that could cost her everything she holds dear. She and her best friend, Andrea, make a pact that they will meet Ross together or not at all. But when one of them gets the chance to meet him alone, it threatens to tear their friendship apart. Suddenly, Tracy finds herself longing for the days when Ross Perlman was just another poster on her wall.

Just Between Us

Just Between Us

Author: Susan Beth Pfeffer Format: eBook Release Date: 03/03/2015

An incurable gossip tries to learn how to keep secrets to herself Sometimes Cass just can't help herself. Tell her something personal, even something embarrassing, and before you know it, the whole school will have heard. It's not that Cass doesn't want to keep secretsshe just doesn't know how. After her bad habit lands her in a fight with one of her friends, Cass asks her family for help. Mom proposes a psychological experiment. Every time Cass manages to keep a secret, she'll get a dollarand a lesson worth far more than that. It's easy at first, but pretty soon Cass is so full of gossip, she feels like she's going to burst. When an earth-shattering secret traps her in the middle of her two best friends, she learns that sometimes it's more important not to keep your mouth shut.

Make Believe

Make Believe

Author: Susan Beth Pfeffer Format: eBook Release Date: 03/03/2015

When her best friend's parents separate, a seventh grader struggles to keep their friendship alive When Carrie and Jill are alone together, they can be anyone in the whole world. Whether they're pretending to be movie stars, environmental activists, or the leaders of the free world, there is one thing they don't have to imagine: They are as close as any friends could be. Going into seventh grade, there is a lot that Carrie is afraid of, but she knows Jill will be by her side foreveruntil, suddenly, she's not. When Jill's father announces that he wants a divorce, it puts a distance between the two friends that never used to be there. As Jill's life falls apart around her, Carrie must find a way to talk to her friend again and save her from a problem that's anything but make-believe.

Hard Times High

Hard Times High

Author: Susan Beth Pfeffer Format: eBook Release Date: 03/02/2015

A cast member of TV's number-one show is about to be firedhow will Alison, Bill, TJ, Rafe, Molly, Miranda, and Susie handle the possibility of being unemployed? A bombshell has just been dropped on the cast of TV's Hard Time High: A major new storyline is being introduced. But it means someone is going to get canned from the show. Former childhood star TJ has lived through this before, when his previous hit TV show was canceled. Used to the steady paycheck after a life on the road, Molly makes a list of her options. Left with a mountain of debt if he gets axed, Rafe's only hope is the movie he just filmed. If exteen beauty queen Alison loses her job, how will she go on supporting her family? After years of commercials and made-for-TV movies, Bill doesn't want to lose his chance at a real career. Miranda can't imagine being let go when she's still learning the acting ropes. And Susie worries that she was only cast in the first place because she's the producer's daughter. But one of the seven is going to be kicked off the show. The bigger surprise is what will happen next.

On the Move

On the Move

Author: Susan Beth Pfeffer Format: eBook Release Date: 03/02/2015

On their first hiatus from TV's cool new prime-time series, Bill, Miranda, TJ, Alison, Rafe, and Molly are looking forward to getting back to the real worldbut will they ever be normal teenagers again? The first season of Hard Time High is over, and Bill, Miranda, TJ, Alison, Rafe, and Molly have three whole weeks to themselves. It's back to high school for Billno more cramming in homework between takesand spending quality time with his girlfriend, Calista. After years of acting on the road, Molly can't wait to share a real Thanksgiving with Miranda and her family in New England. Between a commitment to a holiday parade and a spread for a fashion magazine, Alison won't have much time for herself. Rafe is taking his parents on an all-expenses-paid trip to Hawaii. And TJ's headed to Indiana to visit his mom. Then it's on to New York to meet his East Coast fan club before he strikes out for London and Paris. But it seems that Rafe, Molly, and TJ are keeping major, scandal-worthy secrets. In between reuniting with old friends and doing normal stuff like attending football games, they're all trying to cope with their new celebrity and wondering what the new season has in store.

Love Scenes

Love Scenes

Author: Susan Beth Pfeffer Format: eBook Release Date: 03/02/2015

Miranda, Molly, Alison, TJ, Bill, and Rafe are becoming stars on TV's biggest show, but with fame come responsibilities... Can they really have it all? Miranda is celebrating her seventeenth birthday. She can't believe it's been a whole year since she was cast in Hard Time High. Now she just got her own car and may finally get out from under the thumb of her family. But does she really want to move in with her costar Molly and her motherespecially since she and Molly aren't on great terms at the moment? Miranda's personal life starts looking up when she agrees to go on a blind date with Adam, who has a crush on the character Miranda plays on the show. The Los Angeles University senior is tall, dark, and totally un-California. And with Alison offered the chance to move beyond her beauty-queen looks as cohost of a teen talk show, Rafe wrapping a movie, and TJ's fan base growing, it looks like they're all getting ready for the next big thing. Will the upcoming season bring them the fame and happiness they've been searching for?

Wanting It All

Wanting It All

Author: Susan Beth Pfeffer Format: eBook Release Date: 03/02/2015

Alison, Molly, TJ, Miranda, Rafe, and Bill have been on Hard Time High for five monthsbut real life is a lot more complicated than any TV script could make it seem Things are changing on the set of prime time's new hit series. For starters, the producer's daughter, bratty twelve-year-old Susie Goldstein, now has a role on the show. Sixteen-year-old Alison Blake, a former Miss Young America, has been wowing audiences since she was three... and supporting her family on her looks. Now she wants to be judged on her own merits. She gets a welcome reality check when her high school boyfriend, Seth Lewin, shows up on the set and announces he's moving to Los Angeles to be near her. Alison has to fight for the right to date Seth while keeping a secret that could get Molly fired from the show. Seasoned TV veteran Bill Douglas is vice president of his junior class. He wants to have it allsuccess, celebrity, and love. But his longtime girlfriend, Calista Hasbrouck, doesn't seem to see things his way. They're all on their way to stardom. But will the limelight translate into lasting fameor leave them with broken dreams?

Take Two and . . . Rolling!

Take Two and . . . Rolling!

Author: Susan Beth Pfeffer Format: eBook Release Date: 03/02/2015

Six teenagers have been cast in prime time's hottest new TV seriescan they take their shot at the spotlight without sacrificing the things that matter most? A starring role on the prime-time show Hard Time High could give Molly O'Malley the fame and fortune she craves. But the real payoff, besides a steady income, is something the on-the-road actress has wanted for years: the chance to put down roots and live a normal life. And she'd get to celebrate her real birthday and stop pretending she's almost fifteen when she's barely fourteen, a fact she only recently discovered. But even fame has its price; Molly's mother wants a job on the show. And Molly has to keep up with her schooling. The show is giving Rafe Marquez his first taste of stardom. Maybe one day he'll be able to buy a mansion with a pool for his folks. But he's never going to abandon his dream of being lead guitarist in a famous band. Things are changing faster than Molly, Rafe, TJ, Miranda, Alison, and Bill ever imagined. Will this mark the beginning of new friendships and maybe even love?

Prime Time

Prime Time

Author: Susan Beth Pfeffer Format: eBook Release Date: 03/02/2015

The first book in Susan Beth Pfeffer's Make Me a Star series introduces six teenagers, each waiting for that first big break Open call! Now casting for brand-new prime time series. No experience necessary. Tenth grader Miranda Newgate is visiting Los Angeles on spring break when her cousin hears about a casting call for extras on a new TV series. Miranda goes to the audition, but ends up reading for a bigger part. Then it's back to Massachusetts, to term papers and biology projects while waiting for the call that could change her life. Stage star Molly O'Malley is a serious actress. But she could sure use the exposure from a network show that will be seen from coast to coast. Alison Blake is Miss Young America, but that doesn't give her a free pass. She has to work harder than anyone else to prove she isn't just another pretty face. Former child star T. J. Tyler is ready for his comeback. He needs the leading role to show the world he wasn't washed up at eleven. Rafe Marquez has no acting experience. But he's hot and hunky and goes after what he wantsand he wants to make it big. Bill Douglas has been on so many TV shows, this one should be a breeze. But in this business, you never know. Who will make the final cut and rise to stardom on Hard Time High?

Getting Even

Getting Even

Author: Susan Beth Pfeffer Format: eBook Release Date: 03/02/2015

People think Annie can handle anything, and she canbut only because the alternative is worse Annie's summer in New York City was every teenager's dream. Being chosen as a summer intern at Image magazine meant the chance to work on real articles during the day and enjoy the independence and excitement of city life outside office hours. But now, going back to her high school routine feels like punishmentespecially when the promised editorial job at the school paper doesn't work out the way she planned. Annie knows she's ready for bigger challenges, but it feels like every time she keeps her calm and saves the day, she gets punished for her own success. Suddenly she's tired of being the boring old dependable honor student that everyone thinks is getting along just fine. Annie tells her mom she has a right to get angry sometimes, and at first it does feel good to tell people what she really thinks. But can Annie keep her job, her boyfriend, and her family close when getting mad turns into getting even?