For all those who need to unplug from our high tech world, Clash of the
Titles presents a novel about reconnecting with those dearest to us, about
turning off the cellphone and living in reality. Although written from the
perspective of a new teen, Edna in the Desert applies to all

About Edna in the Desert:

Edna is a precocious trouble-maker 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 television. Edna’s 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?


What readers have to say:
* “Maddy Lederman is a
21 st Century Judy Blume”
* “The author displays literary maturity in
her subtle, nuanced and patient treatment of Edna’s movement from
self-centered to other-centered.I recommend this book to all – not just the
YA group & I hope to read other books from this author.”
* “Loved
this book, brought up so many things I think about in terms of kids,
technology and our materialistic society.”

About the author:

Maddy Lederman’s writing has appeared in The Huffington Post, The Los
Angeles Times and The Sun

Runner, a magazine about California deserts. Maddy has an MFA in Acting
from Brooklyn College. After school she discovered what it’s like to wait
around at auditions all day, and so she did not pursue an acting career.
Edna In The Desert is Maddy’s first novel.

Q&A with Maddy:

What has drawn you to writing for the YA market?

I wanted to write a warm, amusing story about how a modern teenager would
react to being totally unplugged. Some of my friends’ kids don’t even look
up from their phones to say hello, and I wonder where this is taking our
culture. My character, Edna, is thirteen, so the YA market was naturally
drawn to my book, but I wasn’t drawn to a particular market. I’ve found
that adults enjoy Edna In the Desert as much as teens.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?

I’ve done many quirky things, a lot of them in the desert! I took a “sound
bath” at The Integratron. I hiked up a mountain in 110 degrees on a first
date and eventually married the guy. My job in film and TV creates endless
quirky opportunities, for example, covering Adam West, TV’s Batman, in
creamed corn. We met years later in Palm Springs and laughed about it.

How can readers find you on the Internet?

On Facebook
and my website,

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*taken from Amazon

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2 Thoughts to “COTT: Edna in the Desert by Maddy Lederman”

  1. Maddy

    Julie, Thanks for having me on your blog! Maddy

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