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



on reading lists:


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

Westbury Library’s Teen Friendly Ebook List 

Carrie Palmer Webber Middle School, Port Washington, New York 

6th and 7th grade Summer Reading, Holy Trinity Regional, E. Northport, New York

English Honors 9 Summer Reading, Carle Place High School, New York 

Neshaminy High School, Incoming 10th Grade Summer Reading, Langhorne, PA

“Classics to Contemporary” List at Emerge, Montana 

Mater Dolorosa Junior High Summer Reading List, Independence, LA

8th Grade Summer Reading at The Royal West Academy, Quebec

Bonnyrigg High School, Bonnyrigg, Australia


  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

  • 19Jan


    Thanks to Insatiable Readers for this terrific review of EDNA IN THE DESERT!  xo, Maddy   Can a Beverly Hills teen survive without a smart phone, Internet, and TV? Edna will find out. Edna is a girl who knows what
  • 29Aug

    Book Wonderland’s 5 Star Review!

    Review by Book Wonderland, 7/11/16 My Rating: ★★★★★   Edna is a 13 year old Beverly Hills teen. Her snide comments and disrespect towards her parents leads them to abandon her in the desert with her grandparents. Edna is in complete
  • 2Feb

    Talented Teen Writers!

    EDNA IN THE DESERT  Author Maddy Lederman is on the 2016 Scholastic Writing Awards Jury!   “It was hard to believe that these stories came from writers who are so young, and it was even harder to judge this contest: Every entry had its
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Upcoming books by Maddy Lederman:

Edna In The Desert  sequel

The Real Emily