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Sharon M. Draper

Biography

Sharon M. Draper

Sharon Draper is a two-time Coretta Scott King Award-winning author, most recently for Copper Sun, Forged by Fire. She's also the recipient of the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Author Award for New Talent for Tears of a Tiger and the Coretta Scott King Author Honor for The Battle of Jericho  and November Blues. Her other books include Romiette and Julio, Darkness Before Dawn, and Double Dutch. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she taught high school English for twenty-five years. She's a popular conference speaker, addressing educational and literary groups both nationally and internationally. For more information visit her online at www.sharondraper.com.

Sharon M. Draper

Books by Sharon M. Draper

by Sharon M. Draper - Fiction, Social Issues, Young Adult 12+

Arielle Gresham, disliked and mistrusted by most of the students at her school, has a secret past, an unbelievably complicated present, and a shaky future. But no one knows or cares because she has managed to alienate anyone who could help her. She tries to cope with problems at school, but difficulties at home almost break her spirit. Then, as the school tries to deal with an outbreak of false fire alarms, a series of thefts, and Arielle discovers that one classmate is addicted to prescriptions drugs, and another who is a victim on vicious online bullying. Outward appearances are seldom what they seem to be --- everyone is dealing with something, it’s all a matter of how you deal with it, Arielle is figuring out. But one kid can’t, and as he starts to crack, could he take the school tumbling down with him?

by Sharon M. Draper - Fiction, Young Adult 12+

Tigers don’t cry --- or do they? After the death of his longtime friend and fellow Hazelwood Tiger in a car accident, Andy, the driver, blames himself and cannot get past his guilt and pain. While his other friends have managed to work through their grief and move on, Andy allows death to become the focus of his life. In the months that follow the accident, the lives of Andy and his friends are traced through a series of letters, articles, homework assignments, and dialogues, and it becomes clear that Tigers do indeed need to cry.

by Sharon M. Draper - Fiction, Young Adult 12+

In her senior year, things are finally looking a little brighter for Keisha. Still haunted by the suicide of her ex-boyfriend, Andy, she finds comfort in the attentions of the new track coach, 23-year-old Jonathan Hathaway, the principal’s son. How can Keisha not be swept off her feet by a tall, dark, handsome “lemon drop wrapped in licorice” who treats her like a woman, not a girl? But suddenly this intoxicating relationship takes a frightening turn, and Keisha is once again plunged into the darkness she’s fought so hard to escape. Will Keisha ever be able to find her way back into the light?

by Sharon M. Draper - Fiction, Young Adult 12+

When Gerald was a child he was fascinated by fire. But fire is dangerous and powerful, and tragedy strikes. His substance-addicted mother is taken from him. Then he loses the loving generosity of a favorite aunt, and a brutal stepfather with a temper and a secret makes him miserable. The one bright light in Gerald's life is his half sister, Angel, whom he struggles to protect from her father, who is abusing her. Somehow Gerald manages to finds success as a member of the Hazelwood Tigers basketball team, and Angel develops her talents as a dancer, despite the trouble that still haunts them. And Gerald learns, painfully, that young friends can die and old enemies must be faced. In the end he must stand up to his stepfather alone in a blazing confrontation.

by Sharon M. Draper - Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult 14+

It’s a nightmare come true: Diamond Landers has been kidnapped. She was at the mall with a friend, alone for only a few brief minutes --- and now she’s being held captive, forced to endure horrors beyond what she ever could have dreamed, while her family and friends experience their own torments and wait desperately for any bit of news. All it takes is one bad decision.

by Sharon M. Draper - Fiction, Young Adult 12+

When November Nelson loses her boyfriend, Josh, to a pledge stunt gone wrong, she thinks her life can't possibly get any worse. But Josh left something behind that will change her life forever, and now she's faced with a huge decision. How will she tell her mom? And how will Josh's parents take the news? Jericho Prescott lost his best friend when he lost his cousin, Josh, and the pain is almost more than he can bear. He finds the only way he can escape the emptiness is to quit doing the things that made him happy when his cousin was alive and take up football. But will hiding behind shoulder pads really help? And will his gridiron obsession prevent him from being there for his cousin's girlfriend when she needs him most?

by Sharon M. Draper - Historical Fiction

Fifteen-year-old Amari is taken from her village in Africa by pale-faced strangers and sent across the ocean to America. She is sold to a plantation owner in the Carolinas who wants a birthday present for his son. Here Amari meets Polly, an indentured white girl, and the two girls from different ends of the earth bond together in order to survive --- and their friendship just might help them fight their way to freedom.

by Sharon M. Draper - Fiction

When Jericho is invited to pledge for the Warriors of Distinction, he thinks his life can't get any better. As the most exclusive club in school, the Warriors give the best parties, go out with the hottest girls, and sail through their classes. And when Arielle, one of the finest girls in his class, starts coming on to him, Jericho is determined to do anything to become a member.... But as the initiation week becomes progressively harrowing, Jericho is forced to make choices he's not entirely comfortable with. And one member seems to have it in for the sole female pledge in the group...a pledge who will stop at nothing to show she can handle the pressure. But when is she being pushed too far, and when should Jericho and his friends step in and risk losing their places in the pledging process?