Sandra Scoppettone

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Sandra Scoppettone
Born (1936-06-01) June 1, 1936 (age 83)
Morristown, New Jersey, United Stats of America
Pen nameJack Early
GenreYoung Adult, Mystery
Notable worksSuzuki Bean, Happy Endings Are All Alike, Trying Hard to Hear You, Everything You Have Is Mine
Notable awardsEugene O'Neill Memorial Theatre Award (1972), Shamus Award of the Private Eye Writers of America.

Sandra Scoppettone (born June 1, 1936, Morristown, New Jersey)[1] is an American author whose career spans the 1960s through the 2000s. She is known for her mystery and young adult books.

She wrote Suzuki Beane (1961 with illustrator Louise Fitzhugh.)[2]

She came out as a lesbian in the 1970s.[3] Her book Happy Endings Are All Alike (1978) was one of the earliest young-adult books to depict a lesbian relationship; it was chosen by the American Library Association for its "Best Books for Young Adults" list.[1]

Other books[edit]


  • Some Unknown Person (1977)
  • Such Nice People (1980)
  • Innocent Bystanders (1983)
  • Beautiful Rage (2004)
  • This Dame for Hire (2005)
  • Too Darn Hot (2006)

As Jack Early[edit]

  • A Creative Kind of Killer (1984)
  • Razzamatazz (1985)
  • Donato & Daughter (1988)

Lauren Laurano series[edit]

  • Everything You Have Is Mine (1991)
  • I'll Be Leaving You Always (1993)
  • My Sweet Untraceable You (1994)
  • Let's Face The Music and Die (1996)
  • Gonna Take a Homicidal Journey (1999)

Young adult literature[edit]

  • Trying Hard to Hear You (1974)
  • The Late Great Me (1976)
  • Happy Endings Are All Alike (1978)
  • Long Time Between Kisses (1982)
  • Playing Murder (1985)

Children's books[edit]

  • Bang, Bang, You're Dead (co-written with Louise Fitzhugh, illus. Fitzhugh) (Harper & Row, 1969)


  1. ^ a b Day, Frances Ann (2000). Lesbian and gay voices: An annotated bibliography and guide to literature for children and young adults. Greenwood Press.
  2. ^ Bird, Betsy; Danielson, Julie; Sieruta, Peter (5 August 2014). Wild Things! Acts of Mischief in Children’s Literature. Candlewick Press. p. 59. ISBN 978-0-7636-6771-9.
  3. ^ Hymowech, Gena (29 June 2006). "Sandra Scoppettone: From Trying Hard to Hear You to Too Darn Hot". Archived from the original on 5 June 2009. Retrieved 2 October 2011.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)

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