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Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Charles Ferry  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Young Adult; Children;

Born: 1927 in Chicago, Illinois

-- Charles Ferry on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Ferry was born in Chicago. He attended the University of Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Ferry was a radio and newspaper journalist for many years. He started his career as a children's book writer when he was in his forties. His earlier books focused on the lives of young people during the period of his own adolescence in the 40s. A change in direction came in the 90s with the publication of ''Binge'', a powerful story about how alcohol destroys young lives. The book received many awards and was optioned for film by Walt Disney Educational productions. Ferry was quoted saying, "I tell stories of young people coming of age. . . . My books come from deep inside of me, and they are slow to develop." After more than two decades as a published author, Ferry continues to live modestly, researching, lecturing, and writing from his home in Rochester Hills, a suburb of Detroit, Michigan.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Up in Sister Bay
ISBN: 0395214092

Houghton Mifflin. 1975

Relates the dreams, frustrations, and challenges of three teenage friends growing up in rural Wisconsin during the 1930's.

Raspberry One
ISBN: 0395340691

Houghton Mifflin. 1983

Nick and "Hildy" become aircrewmen aboard the aircraft carrier "Shiloh" during the Pacific campaign of World War II

One More Time!
ISBN: 0395366925

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 1985

Skeets Sinclair, the young tenor sax in Gene Markham's Orchestra, finds his life and the future of the band changing fast as they tour the United States during World War II.

ISBN: 0785716459

Bt Bound. 1999

O Zebron Falls
ISBN: 1882792041

First Page Publications. 1994

An unresolved conflict with her father, high school graduation, and World War II complicates a girl's struggle to shape her life.

A Fresh Start
ISBN: 1882792181

First Page Pubns. 1996

Four seniors from Hazen S. Pingree High School attend summer school and look forward to an alcohol-free future with the help of the Eight Steps program

Binge II: Recovery
ISBN: 0613228235

Topeka Bindery. 1999

ISBN: 0613777506

Sagebrush Education Resources. 2000


Best Children's Book, Friends of American Writers, Best Books of the Year selection, School Library Journal, and Best Books for Young Adults, American Library Association (ALA)

, all 1983, all for ''Raspberry One''. Best Book for Young Adults, ALA, 1993, Books for the Teen Age, New York Public Library, 1994, and Best Book for High School Seniors, National Council of Teachers of English, 1995, all for ''Binge''.

Speaking Engagements

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