Diamond knows not to talk to strangers.
But once couldn't hurt. Right?
Panic is an edgy novel, full of urgency and passion. Fifteen-year-old Diamond, trying to show her mother she knows how to make an "adult" decision, makes a tragic mistake instead. She disappears from a local mall, and no one can find her. Using music, dance, and even bits of Peter Pan decorating the edges, Draper weaves a powerful story of two dangerous and desperate relationships. As Diamond's friends and family work out their own personal issues and helplessness, the story builds to a powerful conclusion. Eighth grade and up.

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Over 9 months on the NY Times Best Seller list!
Eleven-year-old Melody has a photographic memory. Her head is like a video camera that is always recording. Always. And there’s no delete button. She’s the smartest kid in her whole school—but NO ONE knows it. Most people—her teachers and doctors included—don’t think she’s capable of learning, and up until recently her school days consisted of listening to the same preschool-level alphabet lessons again and again and again. If only she could speak up, if only she could tell people what she thinks and knows. But she can’t. She can’t talk. She can’t walk. She can’t write. Being stuck inside her head is making Melody go out of her mind—that is, until she discovers something that will allow her to speak for the first time ever. At last Melody has a voice . . . but not everyone around her is ready to hear it. From multiple Coretta Scott King Award winner Sharon M. Draper comes a story full of heartache and hope. Get ready to meet a girl whose voice you’ll never, ever forget.

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I have been very blessed. Who am I? I'm a creator, a visionary, a poet. I approach the world with the eyes of an artist, the ears of a musician, and the soul of a writer. I see rainbows where others see only rain, and possibilities when others see only problems.

I love to write; words flow easily from my fingertips, and my heart beats rapidly with excitement as an idea becomes a reality on the paper in front of me. I'm a learner and a seeker of knowledge, and I try to take my readers along on my journey. I am truly passionate about what I do.

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.

-Sharon M. Draper