Known for her commitment to excellence in education, Sharon Draper was named National Teacher of the Year in 1997. In 1994 her first novel,Tears of a Tiger, was published, and since then she has written more than fifteen books for middle and high school readers. Tears of a Tigerreceived the John Steptoe Award for New Talent, and her novels Forged by Fire and Copper Sun have both won the Coretta Scott King Award. Most of her books have been featured on the American Library Association Best Books list, their Top Ten Quick Pick list, and IRA's Young Adult Choice list.
In Sharon M. Draper: Embracing Literacy, author KaaVonia Hinton reveals how Draper became an exceptional teacher and writer, and how she uses her writing to urge young people to embrace literacy. Hinton also explores how Draper has made a lasting contribution to the field of young adult literature. This book-length study examines both her life and work and will benefit all students, teachers, and scholars in the field of young adult literature.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
KaaVonia Hinton is assistant professor at Old Dominion University. She is the author of Angela Johnson: Poetic Prose (Scarecrow, 2006).