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Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Stephanie Hemphill  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: in Naperville, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Hemphill was born and raised in Naperville. She currently resides in the Chicago suburbs.

Biographical and Professional Information

Stephanie Hemphill has been writing, studying and presenting poetry for adults and children at UCLA, the University of Illinois (where she received an award from The Academy of American Poets), with Writer's at Work, in classrooms, and at conferences across the country


Things Left Unsaid

Myra Cohn Livingston Award for Excellence in Poetry by the Children's Literature Council of Southern California, 2006

Wicked Girls

ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2015

Fatal Throne

Illinois READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2019

The Language of Fire: Joan of Arc Reimagined

Starred Review, ALA Booklist

Starred Review, Horn Book

Other Awards

SCBWI Magazine Merit Award in Poetry

Award from The Academy of American Poets

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

Selected Titles At Your Library

Fatal throne :
ISBN: 9781524716196. OCLC Number: 1000526999

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Seven award-winning young adult authors illuminate the lives of Britain's King Henry VIII and his six wives from different viewpoints.

Hideous love :
ISBN: 0061853313. OCLC Number: 826123078

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A free-verse novel about the Gothic novelist Mary Shelley, a teenager whose love story led her to write the literary masterpiece, Frankenstein.

Sisters of glass /
ISBN: 0375861092. OCLC Number: 747527889

Alfred A. Knopf,. .

When a new glassblower arrives to help in the family business, the attraction Maria feels for him causes a web of conflicting emotions to grow even more tangled.

The language of fire :
ISBN: 0062490117. OCLC Number: 1052529536

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"A lyrical, dark, and moving look at the life of Joan of Arc, who as a teen girl in the fifteenth century commanded an army and helped crown a king of France. This verse novel from award-winning author Stephanie Hemphill dares to imagine how an ordinary girl became a great leader, and ultimately saved a nation."--Jacket flap.

Things left unsaid :
ISBN: 0786818506. OCLC Number: 54502098

Hyperion,. .

After a lifetime of conforming to the image of what her parents and high school friends want her to be, Sarah must come to terms with her own identity when her destructive best friend tries to commit suicide. Told in the form of free-verse poems.

Wicked girls :
ISBN: 0061853283. OCLC Number: 456180543

Balzer + Bray. .

A fictionalized account, told in verse, of the Salem witch trials, told from the perspective of three of the real young women living in Salem in 1692--Mercy Lewis, Margaret Walcott, and Ann Putnam, Jr.

Your own, Sylvia :
ISBN: 0440239680. OCLC Number: 64486926

Alfred A. Knopf,. .

The author interprets the people, events, influences and art that made up the brief life of Sylvia Plath.