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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Sharon Darrow  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult; Young Adult; Children; Children;

Born: 1948 in Elk City, Oklahoma

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Illinois Connection

Darrow lived in Chicago and Naperville. She taught at Columbia College Chicago from 1996 - 2003.

Biographical and Professional Information

Sharon Darrow is an artist, author, teacher and poet. She studied art in college, got a psychology degree from East Texas State University in Texarkana (now TAMU-Texarkana, a branch of Texas A & M), Later in life, she also studied writing in Vermont College’s MFA in Writing and has taught in their Writing for Children and Young Adults MFA program since 1997. Her other works include short fiction, essays, and poetry in Other Voices, Rhino, Folio, Columbia Poetry Review, ACM (Another Chicago Magazine), Great River Review, AWP Chronicle, and others. She also contributed to the anthologies: Home to Me: Poems Across America and In the Middle of the Middle-West: An Anthology of Creative Non-Fiction.

Published Works

  • Old Thunder and Miss Raney, DK Publishing, 2000
  • Through the Tempests Dark and Wild, Candlewick Press, 2003
  • The Painters of Lexieville, Candlewick Press, 2003
  • Trash, Candlewick Press, 2006
  • Yafi's Family: An Ethiopian Boy's Journey of Love, Loss and Adoption, Amharic Kids, 2010 - written with Linda Pettitt
  • Worlds Within Words: Writing and the Writing Life, 2018

Selected Titles At Your Library

Old Thunder and Miss Raney /
ISBN: 0789426196. OCLC Number:

Dorling Kindersley,. New York :. 2000.

Miss Raney is determined to win a ribbon for her biscuits at the county fair until a tornado changes her plans.

Through the tempests dark and wild :
ISBN: 0763608351. OCLC Number:

Candlewick Press,. Cambridge, Mass. :. 2003.

Presents a biography of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.

The painters of Lexieville /
ISBN: 0763614378. OCLC Number:

Candlewick Press,. Cambridge, Mass. :. 2003.

Seventeen-year-old Pert Lexie does not think things could get much worse in her small, impoverished community, but when her uncle's advances go too far, everything--including her determination to leave as soon as possible--suddenly changes.

ISBN: 0763626244. OCLC Number:

Candlewick Press,. Cambridge, Mass. :. ©2006.

Graffiti artists Sissy Lexie and younger brother Boy try to maintain a sense of family while living in a series of foster homes and staying with their older sister, until a tragic accident forces Sissy to make decisions about her future.

Yafi's family :
ISBN: 0979748143. OCLC Number:

Amharic Kids,. Brooklyn Park, Minn. :. 2010.

Yafi's family recalls his adoption from Ethiopia with stories, memories, and photographs.

Worlds within words /
ISBN: 0998687804. OCLC Number:

Pudding Hill Press,. Sutton, VT :. 2018.


Old Thunder and Miss Raney

  • Finalist, Western Writers of America Spur Award
  • The Painters of Lexieville

  • Editors' Choice-Best of the Year YA Fiction list, KLIATT
  • Oklahoma Book Award for Young Adult Fiction, 2004
  • Trash

  • Junior Library Guild selection
  • Quick Pick for Reluctant YA Readers, ALA
  • Finalist, Oklahoma Book Award, 2007
  • Yafi's Family

    Speaking Engagements

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