Books by Christine Heppermann

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What Goes Up

How do you forgive yourself — and the people you love — when a shocking discovery leads to a huge mistake? When Jorie wakes up in the loft bed of a college boy she doesn’t recognize, she’s instantly filled with regret. What happened the night before? What led her to this place? Was it her father’s infidelity? Her mother’s seemingly weak acceptance? Her recent breakup with Ian, the boy who loved her art and supported her through the hardest time of her life? As Jorie tries to reconstruct the events that led her to this point, free verse poems lead the reader through the current morning, as well as flashbacks to her relationships with her parents, her friends, her boyfriend, and the previous night.

"Like the mycelial networks growing for miles underground, this sharply observed, often slyly funny free-verse novel runs deep, tackling the secrets that break through the surface of our lives, threatening to poison everything."
"Visceral and poignant, What Goes Up examines the fallout of bad decisions, while avoiding judgment."

Ask Me How I Got Here

Addie has always known what she was running toward, whether in cross country, in her all-girls Catholic school, or in love. Until she and her boyfriend — her sensitive, good-guy boyfriend — are careless one night, and she gets pregnant. Ask Me How I Got Here is an unflinching novel-in-verse about choice, faith, and self-discovery.

  • YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults
  • Amelia Bloomer LIst for Recommended Feminist LIterature
"Heppermann’s discerning and incisive verse elegantly conveys the heightened sensitivity and multilayered complexity of Addie’s emotions."
"Thought-provoking, wry, and bitingly smart."

Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty

Every little girl goes through her princess phase, whether she wants to be Snow White or Cinderella, Belle or Ariel. But then we grow up. And life is not a fairy tale. This collection of fifty poems puts the ideals of fairy tales right beside the life of the modern teenage girl.

  • Indies Next Pick
  • Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book Of the Year
  • Publishers Weekly Best Book Of the Year
  • BCCB Blue Ribbon Book
  • YALSA Best Fiction For Young Adults
"A bloody poetic attack on the beauty myth that's caustic, funny, and heartbreaking."
"It's a bit of a mystery how a slender, subversive book of flayed fairy tale poetry can chronicle how the world tries to rob young women of power while at the same time handing them back that power."
"Sometimes the fairy tale path meets the fast shiny freeway of now. Christine Heppermann's poems come from both of these places."

Backyard Witch series

Sadie has two best friends: Jess and Maya. But wait…what is that in her old playhouse in the backyard? A witch has moved in! A kind and funny witch, who’s looking for her two lost friends. The Backyard Witch always appears just when you need her. And when she does, magic and mystery are sure to follow.

"Sparkles with humorous hocus pocus."
"Ms. M is a combination of Mary Poppins and a stand-up comedian."
"A delightful adventure."

City Chickens

Just outside of downtown Minneapolis, follow the sounds of crowing and clucking and you will find Mary Britton Clouse’s Chicken Run Rescue. Over the years, Mary and her husband have given hundreds of homeless birds a safe place to rest until they can be adopted by caring families.

"A warm, inviting look into an unusual facet of animal rescue efforts."
"An engaging, photo-filled look at a Minneapolis woman who has created an inner-city poultry shelter."
"Animal-loving city and country kids alike will find this worth clucking about."

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