Books by Sharon M. Draper

STELLA BY STARLIGHT by Sharon M. Draper
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"A tale of the Jim Crow South that's not sugar-coated but effective, with a trustworthy narrator who opens her heart and readers' eyes. (Historical fiction. 9-13)"
When a young girl gains confidence from her failures and strength from what her community dreads most, life delivers magic and hope. Read full book review >
PANIC by Sharon M. Draper
Released: March 12, 2013

"By turns pulse-pounding and inspiring. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
A troupe of high school dance students is rocked when one of their number disappears. Read full book review >
OUT OF MY MIND by Sharon M. Draper
FICTION
Released: March 9, 2010

"This book is rich in detail of both the essential normalcy and the difficulties of a young person with cerebral palsy. (Fiction. 10 & up)"
Melody, diagnosed with cerebral palsy, cannot walk or talk. Read full book review >
JUST ANOTHER HERO by Sharon M. Draper
FICTION
Released: June 23, 2009

"Readers of urban fiction will enjoy this and receive a bit more in the bargain. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Draper presents the conclusion to the trilogy that began with The Battle of Jericho (2003) and November Blues (2007), both Coretta Scott King Honor books. Read full book review >
SASSY by Sharon M. Draper
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2009

"Newly independent readers, especially little girls who love fashion, will identify with Sassy and will look forward to more stories about her life and family. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Nine-year-old Sassy, the youngest child in an active, warm family, wants to be taken seriously. Read full book review >
NOVEMBER BLUES by Sharon M. Draper
FICTION
Released: Oct. 23, 2007

"Though a companion to The Battle of Jericho (2003), this stands well on its own. (Fiction. YA)"
Sixteen-year-old Josh Prescott dies jumping from a second-story window in a high-school hazing ritual and leaves behind a mess. Read full book review >
FIRE FROM THE ROCK by Sharon M. Draper
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"Compelling. (Historical fiction. 11-15)"
Sylvia is completing her last year of middle school, and she's excited about going to the local high school with all her friends. Read full book review >
THE BATTLE OF JERICHO by Sharon M. Draper
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 2003

"As pledge week grimly proceeds, issues arise in Jericho's mind and his trumpet-playing serves as an outlet for his confusion, but readers will see with crystal clarity that in secrecy, evil breeds. (Fiction. YA)"
The Warriors of Distinction are Douglas High's elite group, a brotherhood separate from school, a service club with a secret initiation resulting in a slick jacket that is the ultimate status symbol for the guys. Read full book review >
DOUBLE DUTCH by Sharon M. Draper
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2001

"A fast-paced, multi-layered story. (Fiction. 11-15)"
Delia is an intelligent, creative, eighth-grade student with a secret: she cannot read. Read full book review >
DARKNESS BEFORE DAWN by Sharon M. Draper
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"This series appears to be an attempt to carve out a niche of the high-school problem-novel market for African-American teens; it's a pity this offering only complements the banality so often found in this genre. (Fiction. YA)"
A trip to the mall becomes therapy in this high-school soap opera, third in the Hazelwood High series by Draper (Romiette and Julio, 1999; Forged by Fire, 1997). Read full book review >
ROMIETTE AND JULIO by Sharon M. Draper
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Still, a straightforward, uncluttered narrative will hook readers into the well-paced plot and sympathetic characters; loose ends are tied more neatly than a package, prettying up the ending by putting a happily-ever-after spin on the lovers' fates. (Fiction. 12-14)"
A tale of forbidden love with intentional references to Shakespeare's play, perhaps especially to its West Side Story incarnation, with a similar focus on issues of race and gangs. Read full book review >
FORGED BY FIRE by Sharon M. Draper
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"A touching story, burdened by contrivances. (Fiction. 12-14)"
An African-American boy grows into a decent man, a loving brother, and a steadfast son despite the cruelties of his childhood in this latest novel by Draper (Tears of a Tiger, 1994, not reviewed, etc.). Read full book review >