The Nature of Jade

By Deb Caletti
(Simon Pulse, Hardcover, 9781416910053, 304pp.)

Publication Date: February 2007

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback, Compact Disc, Compact Disc, MP3 CD, MP3 CD

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National Book Award finalist Caletti ("Honey, Baby, Sweetheart") pens another beautifully rendered coming-of-age story. When 17-year-old Jade DeLuna, who has been diagnosed with panic disorder, becomes involved with single teenage father Sebastian, she feels safe--until she learns his secret.

About the Author

Deb Calettišs first novel for teens was The Queen of Everything, about which Kirkus Reviews raved "Caletti expertly succeeds in capturing the way a smart teen can grasp and skewer her world" and Publishers Weekly announced "[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, 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.

Honey, Baby, Sweetheart, a National Book Award finalist, was Deb's second book for teens. It received a starred review in School Library Journal, which called it "A story full of heart, fun, and energy." Kirkus Reviews described the novel as "tender and poetic" and the Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books pronounced it "stylish and perceptive."

Deb lives with her family part-time on acreage in Issaquah, a Seattle suburb, and part-time in the city on a houseboat. She steals her best lines from her mother, her kids, and the dog, who doesn't seem to mind. When she is not writing books or reading them, Deb is a painter, a lyricist, and a lecturer. She is currently at work on her next book for teens. You can visit her at

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