Sharon Draper (born 1948) grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, where she majored in English at Pepperdine University then earned her Masters of Arts in English at Miami University of Ohio. Always an avid reader, Draper taught at Cincinnati public schools.
She began writing short stories in 1990 after being challenged by a student to “write something.” Upon winning a five thousand dollar reward and publication of her short story, “One Small Torch,” in Ebony magazine, Draper left the classroom and turned to writing full-time in 2000.
She writes for young readers, tweens, and teens, and her books are largely realistic fiction.
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