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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Sharon Darrow  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult; Young Adult; Children;

Born: 1948 in Elk City, Oklahoma

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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.


'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

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Old Thunder and Miss Raney /
ISBN: 0789426196. OCLC Number: 43312497

Dorling Kindersley,. .

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

The painters of Lexieville /
ISBN: 0763614378. OCLC Number: 51210339

Candlewick Press,. .

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.

Through the tempests dark and wild :
ISBN: 0744556643. OCLC Number: 50843844

Walker,. .

A fictionalized account of the two years Mary Shelley spent with the Baxter family in Scotland before being recalled to her father's home in London. Suggested level: primary, intermediate.

Through the tempests dark and wild :
ISBN: 0763608351. OCLC Number: 44732229

Candlewick Press,. .

Presents a biography of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.

ISBN: 0763626244. OCLC Number: 70483554

Candlewick Press,. .

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.

Worlds within words
ISBN: 9780998687803. OCLC Number: 1043904759

Pudding Hill Press,. .

Yafi's family :
ISBN: 9780979748141. OCLC Number: 650216121

Amharic Kids,. .

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