2004 National Book Award Finalist:
Young People's Literature

DEB CALETTI

Honey, Baby, Sweetheart

Simon Pulse

About the Book

Ruby McQueen considers herself a quiet girl until she begins hanging out with a boy who makes her feel fearless and powerful - and in over her head.

About the Author

Deb Caletti's first novel, The Queen of Everything, was published by Simon & Schuster in November of 2002. It earned rave reviews and a starred review in Publisher's Weekly proclaimed: "This marks Caletti as a writer to watch." In addition, it made the cover of the esteemed review journal The Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books. It was nominated for YALSA's Best Books for Young Adults, and was chosen for PSLA's Top Forty of 2003 and the International Reading Association's Young Adult Choices for 2004. Scholastic U.K. released The Queen of Everything in the United Kingdom in November 2003, and it is currently in its sixth printing. Caletti's second book, Honey, Baby, Sweetheart, was released by Simon & Schuster in June 2004, and was promptly nominated for YALSA's Best Books for Young Adults and was chosen as a Booksense Pick. It will be released in the United Kingdom in 2005. Her third novel, Wild Roses, will be published in the fall of 2005 by Simon & Schuster.

Caletti's adult novel, Rare, was a finalist in the William Faulkner Competition, and her short story, Tasty, will appear in a book titled Midnight Snacks, compiled by Washington Humanities to fund literacy programs. Caletti was also awarded a Literary Arts Fellowship from the Washington State Arts Commission/Artist Trust.

In addition to writing, Deb serves on the Advisory Board of Bellevue Community College's Center For Liberal Arts, is an active member in PEN USA and Amnesty International, and lectures extensively to area schools, libraries and community groups on being a writer and the writing process. Deb is also a published lyricist and a painter.

Deb received her BA degree in journalism from the University of Washington in Seattle. She lives with her family part time on acreage in Issaquah, a Seattle suburb, and part time on a houseboat on Lake Union.