Sharon M. Draper

Sharon M. Draper is a New York Times bestselling author and recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award honoring her significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens. She has received the Coretta Scott King Award for both Copper Sun and Forged by Fire. Her Out of My Mind has won multiple awards and has been a New York Times bestseller for well over a year. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she taught high school English for twenty-five years and was named National Teacher of the Year. Visit her at

Books by this Author

Stella by Starlight
Tears of a Tiger
Forged by Fire
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Sharon Draper on 'Stella by Starlight'

When the Ku Klux Klan’s unwelcome reappearance rattles Stella’s segregated southern town, bravery battles prejudice in this Depression-era tour de force from Sharon Draper, the New York Times bestselling author of Out of My Mind.

My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. I learned to dream through reading, learned to create dreams through writing, and learned to develop dreamers through teaching. I shall always be a dreamer. Come dream with me.

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. At home. Seriously.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Grendel, of the Beowulf story. John Gardner gave him character and even nobility.

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. I'd like to sit down and have a conversation with women like Mary McLeod Bethune and Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman--women who fought for civil rights and women's rights. I like to thank their for their courage and leadership and let them know that they made a difference.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. I smile often. I like people. I'm friendly.

Author Voices

December 16, 2008

I envy folks who have time to blog. I’m usually so far behind in answering emails or letters or even washing the dishes that to take the time to sit down and write about what’s going on in my world is a little daunting. But I shall try to be diligent and post something at least once in a while. Filling out all these questions for the website really forced me to think. What’s my greatest flaw? Gee, do I have to admit one? What is perfect happiness? Hmm, that’s one of those questions that forces a person to evaluate the very essence of life. Heavy. What are my favorite songs? I had to think about that one for awhile. What do I hum... see more

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