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Sharon Darrow

Born: 1948 in Elk City, Oklahoma
Pen Name: None

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

Biography: 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'''''
  • -- Junio

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers; Children; Children; Young adult readers

Sharon Darrow on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

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

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.

The painters of Lexieville /
ISBN: 0763614378 OCLC: 51210339

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.

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

Candlewick Press, Cambridge, Mass. : 2003.

Presents a biography of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.

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

Walker, London : 2003.

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.

ISBN: 0763626244 OCLC: 70483554

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.

Worlds within words
ISBN: 9780998687803 OCLC: 1043904759

Pudding Hill Press, Sutton, VT : 2018.

Yafi's family :
ISBN: 9780979748141 OCLC: 650216121

Amharic Kids, Brooklyn Park, Minn. : 2010.

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