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  1. Sharon Draper

  2. Biography • Sharon M. Draper is the acclaimed author of the Sassy series. She is also the author of many books for teens, including the New York Times bestsellers Copper Sun, the 2007 Coretta Scott King Award winner, and We Beat the Street. She also wrote Forged by Fire, the 1998 Coretta Scott King Award winner, as well as Tears of a Tiger, winner of the CSK/John Steptoe New Talent Award, and The Battle of Jericho and November Blues, both Coretta Scott King Honor Books.Ms. Draper explains how she came to write the Sassy series. “Several years ago I met a little girl, an avid reader, who was about eight or nine years old,” she says. “Something was missing in the books available to her. She wasted no time in telling me, ‘You need to write some books for girls like me!’ Sassy was born that day. I wanted to create a little girl with both spunk and sparkle, a child with grace and glitter. Sassy and her seemingly bottomless sack are ready to greet the world with power and pizzazz!” Ms. Draper is also a professional educator. She has been honored as the National Teacher of the Year and was selected as Ohio’s Outstanding High School Language Arts Educator and Ohio Teacher of the Year. She holds three honorary doctorates. She has been honored at the White House six times and was chosen as one of only four authors in the nation to speak at the Library of Congress National Book Festival Gala in Washington, D.C., and to represent the United States in Moscow at their Russian Book Festival. Ms. Draper is an accomplished public speaker who addresses educational and literary groups of all ages. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband and a golden retriever named Honey.

  3. Book 1: Tears of a Tiger • 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. A brutal stepfather with a flaming temper and an evil secret makes his life miserable. The one bright light in Gerald's life is his little half sister, Angel, whom he struggles to protect from her father, Jordan Sparks, who abuses her, and from their mother, whose irresponsible behavior forces Gerald to work hard to keep the family together. • As a teenager, Gerald finds success as a member of the Hazelwood Tigers basketball team, while Angel develops her talents as a dancer. Trouble still haunts them, however, 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.

  4. More about Tears of a Tiger • Winner–1995 American Library Association/Coretta Scott King Genesis Award for an outstanding new book
ALA Best Book for Young Adults • Outstanding book by • -The Children’s Book Council
-The New York City Library
-Bank Street College
-National Council for Social Studies •

  5. Book 2: Double Dutch • Delia loves Double Dutch more than just about anything, and she's really good at it — so good she and her teammates have a shot at winning the World Double Dutch Championships. Delia would die if she couldn't jump — but Delia has a secret, and it could keep her off the team next year. • Delia's friend Randy has a secret too, one that has him lonely and scared. And while Delia and Randy struggle to keep their secrets, their school is abuzz with rumors about what malicious mischief the terrible Tolliver twins — who just may have a secret of their own — are planning. • Delia and Randy's secrets collide on what should be the happiest day of Delia's life, and the collision threatens to destroy their friendship. Why can't life be as easy for Delia as Double Dutch?

  6. More about Double Dutch • Awards: • Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People--Children's Book Council • One of the top ten sports books for young adults for 2003--ALA • Best of the Best for 2004 • Sunshine State Young Reader's Award for 2006 •

  7. 10 Fun Facts! • If she is writing, she wakes up at 4 or 5 A.M. • If she could have lunch with one person, it would be Denzel Washington. • She loves the show LOST. • She is allergic to chocolate. • Her favorite fruit is a banana. • She drinks a gallon of water every day. • She cannot swim or dance. • She does not drink or smoke. • She knows how to play the piano. • Her favorite sport is basketball.