It Happened on Saturday

By Sydney Dunlap

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2023 Moonbeam Awards Gold Medalist (Pre-Teen Fiction – Mature Issues)
34th Annual Reading the West Book Awards Nominee – Young Readers
2023 Cybils Awards Nominee – Middle Grade Fiction
A 2024 OLA Intermediate Sequoyah Masterlist selection
“A powerful work.” —Kirkus Reviews

This character-driven book expands child trafficking awareness while exploring one girl’s search for belonging, self-love, and acceptance.

Thirteen-year-old Julia would much rather work with horses at the rescue barn than worry about things like dating and makeup. But when her BFF meets a boy at camp, Julia’s determined not to get left behind. After a makeover from her older sister, she posts a picture of herself online and gets a comment from Tyler—a seemingly nice kid who lives across town. As they DM more and more, Julia’s sure that Tyler understands her in a way her family never has. Even better, their relationship earns her tons of attention at school.

Then Julia finds out Tyler’s true plan, and her world is turned upside down. She fiercely guards her secret, but could her silence allow her friends to fall into the same trap?

About the Author

Sydney Dunlap is a former elementary school teacher who has worked with at-risk youth in a variety of settings, and she enjoys reading and writing heartfelt, hopeful fiction that expands young readers' awareness of tough topics. She is a published poet and has also written for a newspaper. A lifelong animal lover, Sydney lives with her family in a home where the dogs and cats outnumber the people. You can visit her online at sydneydunlap.com.

  • Hardcover ISBN: 9781631636943
  • Ebook ISBN: 9781631636950
  • Reading Age: from 10 to 15 years
  • Interest Age: from 10 to 14 years
  • Hardcover dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 in
  • Publication date: Feb 21, 2023
  • Rights/Sales territory: Worldwide
  • Format: Hardcover | Ebook
  • Pages: 256
  • Imprint: Jolly Fish Press
  • Subjects:
    JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance

Reviews of It Happened on Saturday:

"Dunlap writes with compassion about factors that render adolescents particularly vulnerable to trafficking and what it takes to keep them safe; she offers insights into how excruciating self-consciousness prevents victims from seeking help or sharing their experiences. A powerful work." —Kirkus Reviews


"Themes of human trafficking, social media, middle school adjustments are on target. The development of family relationships and the challenge of growing up in this period of time teaches without judgement." —Children's Literature

Awards received by It Happened on Saturday:

2023 Moonbeam Awards Gold Medalist (Pre-Teen Fiction – Mature Issues)


34th Annual Reading the West Book Awards Nominee – Young Readers


A 2024 OLA Intermediate Sequoyah Masterlist selection


2023 Cybils Awards Nominee – Middle Grade Fiction

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