Did you know that Heaven is Paved with Oreos? Preview the new novel from the author of Dairy Queen!

Family secrets, first love and the magic of Rome take center stage in Catherine Gilbert Murdock’s new novel for middle grade readers.

Sarah Zorn and her best friend, Curtis, have a great solution to the constant teasing that they’re going out: they simply pretend that they are, employing what Sarah terms a “Brilliant Outflanking Strategy.” But fake dating is a lot more difficult than Sarah thought, once it starts creating real feelings—feelings too complicated for even A-student Sarah to explain. When her zany grandmother invites her on a Roman holiday, Sarah jumps at the chance to discover Italy and escape the awkward situation with Curtis.

The trip of a lifetime holds plenty of surprises, however, as Sarah uncovers longtime secrets and discovers the many meanings of love.


Heaven is Paved with Oreos is now available wherever books are sold.


Would you like to win a beautiful travel journal, like the one Sarah uses to write about her trip to Rome in Heaven is Paved with Oreos? Enter our giveaway below for a chance to win a journal and a copy of Heaven is Paved with Oreos. Giveaway ends September 30, 2013.


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Fans of Dairy Queen want to know…will there be a fourth Dairy Queen book? Here’s the answer, straight from the author.

Catherine says:

I’ve heard from hundreds of readers such as Kera (hi, Kera!) asking for another sequel to the Dairy Queen book. I’m sorry, but there isn’t going to be another book about D.J. Schwenk . . .

At least not with D.J. as the main character. But that doesn’t mean that we’re done with D.J. My latest book, Heaven is Paved with Oreos, is narrated by Sarah Zorn, D.J.’s brother Curtis’s girlfriend. She doesn’t have a big part in The Off Season and Front and Center, but now she has a chance to shine. And she has so much to say! To figure out! To explore! And guess who helps her the most . . .

I love this book. I hope you do, too.


“My sister’s novel is a love story to growing up, a love story to Rome, and—in the best and simplest way—a love story to family. I adored reading it.”
— Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love


Read an Excerpt of Heaven is Paved with Oreos

Visit Catherine Gilbert Murdock’s website to find out about Heaven is Paved with Oreos, why she wrote it, the illustrations in the book, and more.