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

Edna will find out.

 EDNA 2ND ED FRONT COVER FINALEdna is thirteen, spoiled and wreaking havoc at her Beverly Hills school. Her therapist advocates medication, but her parents come up with an alternative cure: Edna will spend the summer in the desert with her grandparents.
Their remote cabin is cut off from cell phone service, Internet and TV. Edna is determined to rebel until she meets an older local boy and falls in love for the first time. How can she get to know him from the edge of nowhere?


“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 is the most hilarious and realistic Young Adult book that I have read in a VERY LONG TIME…the precocious but incredibly lovable Edna really struck a chord with me.”   

Author Ingrid Hall

“I LOVED the book, it was so dramatic and sweet! I just loved it, and I recommend it to students and teachers!”  

Karen Casaceli, Gateway Middle School Librarian

“EDNA IN THE DESERT really captured the teenage voice…I definitely think more schools should have the opportunity to read it.”  

Melissa Mehling, English Teacher, Carle Place High School

“I absolutely loved Edna in the Desert….4 out of 4 stars for realistic characters, solid writing, and moving storyline…..The author weaves a subtle commentary on modern technology’s impact upon interpersonal relationships.”  

Official Online Book Club review

“The Summer Book Club at Piperton United Methodist Church in Piperton, TN is currently reading EDNA IN THE DESERT. What a great book! So glad we chose it! Can’t wait to come together and discuss it!”  

Debbie Daubenhauser, Piperton United Methodist Church Book Club



is on reading lists:


Get Schooled: “Books That Prove Growing Up Isn’t Easy”

Westbury Library’s Teen Friendly Ebook List 

Carle Place High School, NY

Carrie Palmer Webber Middle School, NY 

Holy Trinity Regional, NY

Holy Angels Catholic School, NJ 

Neshaminy High School, PA

Northgate Middle School, PA

Regis Jesuit High School, CO

Emerge (Home School Program), MT

Copper Mountain Middle School, UT

Mater Dolorosa Junior High, LA

The Royal West Academy, Quebec, Canada

Bonnyrigg High School, Bonnyrigg, Australia – Modern Literature for High School


  1. An anti-Holden Caulfield


    Edna is quirky, snarky, selfish, melodramatic, and…kind…I think she’s my new hero….

    Raelee May Carpenter /

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. A sweet, fun read.

    Lederman creates a memorable cast of characters, each unique and fascinating…

    Kasey Heinly / Review

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  • 6Jan

    2017 Is A Wrap!

    Talked about film production with the phenomenal  Lara Shapiro in her Writing for Television class at The School of The New York Times. The students were so cool and inspiring! Loved visiting the awesome English students at Carle Place High School and
  • 17Sep

    EDNA IN THE DESERT is on YA Wednesday!

    Thanks to Dr. Bickmore for this insightful analysis and interview!   I love it when I come across a novel from a small press that is worthy of a bigger audience. This is without question the case with Maddy Lederman’s
  • 28Jun

    EDNA is Summer Reading

    June 2017: EDNA IN THE DESERT is proud to be on new reading lists alongside time-honored classics.  Hope students enjoy their summer reading!  EDNA IN THE DESERT Can a Beverly Hills teen survive without a smart phone, Internet, and TV?  Edna
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Upcoming books by Maddy Lederman:

Edna In The Desert  sequel

The Real Emily