Search Results: "Sharon Draper"


BOOK REVIEW

SHARON by Gilad Sharon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 2011

"Sharon's son provides a solid template on which subsequent biographers will have to build."
The life and times of Israel's warrior leader Ariel Sharon, chronicled by his son. Read full book review >

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COPPER SUN by Sharon Draper
FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

"Sobering, yet essential. (Historical fiction. YA)"
Poignant and harrowing, this narrative of early America alternates between the voices of enslaved Amari and indentured servant Polly, building a believable interracial friendship centered on the common goal of freedom. Read full book review >

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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 >

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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 >

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SASSY by Sharon M. Draper
CHILDREN'S
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 >

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STELLA BY STARLIGHT by Sharon M. Draper
CHILDREN'S
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 >

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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 >

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DOUBLE DUTCH by Sharon M. Draper
CHILDREN'S
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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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PANIC by Sharon M. Draper
YOUNG ADULT
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 >

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FIRE FROM THE ROCK by Sharon M. Draper
CHILDREN'S
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 >