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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 - Children's, Children's 8-12, Contemporary Fiction, Family, Fiction, Youth Fiction

Eleven-year-old Isabella’s parents are divorced, so she has to switch lives every week: One week she’s Isabella with her dad in a fancy house where they are one of the only black families in the neighborhood. The next week she’s Izzy with her mom in a small, not-so-fancy house. Isabella has always felt pulled between two worlds, and when her parents get in their biggest fight ever, Isabella doesn’t just feel divided, she feels ripped in two. It seems like nothing can bring Isabella’s family together again --- until the worst happens. Isabella and Darren are stopped by the police. A cell phone is mistaken for a gun. And shots are fired.

by Sharon M. Draper - History

Stella lives in the segregated South --- in Bumblebee, North Carolina, to be exact about it. Some stores she can go into. Some stores she can’t. Some folks are right pleasant. Others are a lot less so. To Stella, it sort of evens out, and heck, the Klan hasn’t bothered them for years. But one late night, later than she should ever be up, much less wandering around outside, Stella and her little brother see something they’re never supposed to see, something that is the first flicker of change to come, unwelcome change by any stretch of the imagination. As Stella’s community --- her world --- is upended, she decides to fight fire with fire. And she learns that ashes don’t necessarily signify an end.