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In 2008, Zarr contributed to the for Obama project started by fellow YA author . Zarr's articles included "Red State Jesus Freaks for Obama" and "Personal Sacrifice."
Inspired by the kidnapping of and Zarr's Christian roots, addresses issues of faith, identity and home. The title comes from the written by . While the characters are Christian, the book was published for a mainstream audience and neither promotes nor criticizes organized religion.
Ashley Zarr, originally from Iowa Falls, began dancing under the tutelage of Robert Thomas and Miyoko Kato at Robert Thomas Dancenter. Studying ballet, tap, jazz, and pointe, Ashley also danced and competed with her high school dance team. While attending the University of Iowa and majoring in dance, Ashley also taught at various studios, sharing her love of movement with her students. Since moving to the Valley in 2010 to pursue her own professional dancing, Ashley has danced with Desert Dance Theatre, Dulce Dance Company, and is currently in her second season with Scorpius Dance Theatre. She also performs as a guest artist with Halo Movement Collective and CaZo Dance Company.
Sara Zarr is the acclaimed She’s a National Book Award finalist and two-time Utah Book Award winner. Her books have been variously named to annual best books lists of the American Library Association, Kirkus, Publisher’s Weekly, School Library Journal, the Guardian, the International Reading Association, the New York Public Library and Los Angeles Public Library, and have been translated into many languages. In 2010, she served as a judge for the National Book Award. She has written essays and creative nonfiction for Image, Hunger Mountain online, and Response as well as for several anthologies, and has been a regular contributor to Image‘s daily Good Letters blog on faith, life, and culture. Sara also hosts the This Creative Life podcast. In fall 2014, she received a MacDowell Colony Fellowship. Born in Cleveland and raised in San Francisco, she currently lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband, and online at .