Can a Beverly Hills teen survive without a smart phone, Internet, and TV?

Edna will find out.

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The 2nd Edition of EDNA IN THE DESERT is now available!

“I loved this realistic, funny-and-yet-equally-serious, pitch-perfect novel about a young teen with no distractions–other than herself. What Edna learns over her summer in the desert makes for one of my favorite books of the year.” –Melissa Senate, author of See Jane Date and The Mosts


Edna in the Desert

Can a Beverly Hills teen survive without a smart phone, Internet, and TV? Edna will find out.

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Art Department

Recent projects: The Americans, The Leftovers, Madam Secretary, The Amazing Spiderman 2.

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Short Films

Maddy’s short films have been broadcast on The Independent Film Channel and screened at festivals nationwide.

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The Little Fraulein was an Award Finalist at the IFP Market.

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    An anti-Holden Caulfield

      Edna is quirky, snarky, selfish, melodramatic, and…kind…I think she's my new hero....
    Raelee May Carpenter /
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    A beautiful love story.

    This is a beautiful love story. I highly recommend reading this especially if you love the desert....
    Gail M Cook / Review
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    The thing that clinched Edna in the Desert a 5 star review was Edna's voice.

    It was totally believable--Maddy captured all the drama and thought processing of a young teen

    Tina Chan / Review
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    A sweet, fun read.
    Lederman creates a memorable cast of characters, each unique and fascinating...
    Kasey Heinly / Review
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    This one is going to be a classic.

    “Edna in the Desert” was a wonderful trip back to my adolescence, a spiritual journey that was refreshing...

    Kerry Weeks / Review
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    I recommend this book to all - not just the YA group.

    The author displays patient treatment of Edna's movement from self-centered to other-centered.

    Joy / Review
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    Maddy Lederman is a 21 st Century Judy Blume.

    We purchased EDNA In The DESERT for our neighbor's young daughter & read it first. We Loved it...

    Stephen Visakay / Review