Authors of the  Month


                                Sharon M. Draper. Reproduced by permission.



 Walter Dean Myers                           Sharon Draper



Books by Sharon Draper            


Battle of Jericho


Copper Sun--  Amari's life once was perfect. Betrothed to the most handsome man in her tribe, adored by her family, and fortunate enough to live in a beautiful village, it never occurred to her that it could be all be taken away in an instant.


Darkness Before Dawn-- Recovering from the recent suicide of her ex boy friend, senior class President Keisha Montgomery finds herself attracted to a dangerous, older man.


Fire From the Rock--   Sylvia Patterson's life suddenly changes with the integration of Little Rock's Central High in 1957 when she is selected to be one of the first black students to attend the previously all white school.


Forged by Fire--Gerald, a teenager who has spent years protecting his fragile half-sister from their abusive father, must face the prospect of one final confrontation before the problem can be solved


Just Another Hero--As Kofi, Arielle, Dana, November, and Jericho face personal challenges during their last year of high school, a misunderstood student brings a gun to class and demands to be taken seriously.


November Blues--Shortly after her boyfriend Josh is killed in a pledging accident, November Nelson learns she is pregnant and fears she has no one to turn to, until she finds solace in the arms of Josh's cousin Jericho


Tears of a Tiger--The death of high school basketball star Rob Washington in an automobile accident affects the lives of his close friend Andy, who was driving the car, and many others in the school.


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Books by Walter Dean Myers:



Amistad: A Long Road to Freedom  Traces the 1839 revolt of Africans against their Spanish captors aboard the slave ship Amistad, their landing in the U.S. and their arrest for piracy and murder and trials which ended in their acquittal by the Supreme Court.


Bad Boy: a memoir  Walter Dean Myers weaves the details of his Harlem childhood in the 1940s and 1950s: a loving home life with his adoptive parents, Bible school, street games and the vitality of his neighborhood. While he spent much of his time getting into trouble he was secretly an avid reader and an aspiring writer


Jazz   A collection of illustrated poems that celebrate the roots and various styles of jazz music, such as ragtime, bebop, and swing


Amiri & Odette:  A Love Story   Presents a modern, urban retelling in verse of the ballet in which brave Amiri falls in love with beautiful Odette and fights evil Big Red for her on the streets of the Swan Lake Projects.


The Dream Bearer  During a summer in Harlem, David relies on his mother and a close friend and on an old man he meets in the park to help him come to terms with his father's outbursts and unstable behavior.


Game  Drew Lawson, counting on basketball to get him into college and out of Harlem, struggles to keep his cool when the coach brings in two white players and puts them in positions that clearly threaten Drew's game.


Glory Fields  Follows a family's two-hundred year history, from the capture of an African boy in the 1750s through the lives of his descendants, as their dreams and circumstances lead them away from and back to the small plot of land in South Carolina that they call the Glory Field.


Harlem summer  In 1920s Harlem, sixteen-year-old Mark Purvis, an aspiring jazz saxophonist, gets a summer job as an errand boy for the publishers of the groundbreaking African American magazine, "The Crisis," but soon finds himself on the enemy list of mobster Dutch Shultz.


Journal of Biddy Owens: the Negro Leagues  Teenager Biddy Owens' 1948 journal about working for the Birmingham Black Barons includes the games and the players, racism the team faces from New Orleans to Chicago, and his family's resistance to his becoming a professional baseball player. Includes a historical note about the evolution of the Negro Leagues.


Journal of Joshua Loper:  Black Cowboy  In 1871 Joshua Loper, a sixteen-year-old black cowboy, records in his journal his experiences while making his first cattle drive under an unsympathetic trail boss.


Journal of Scott Pendleton Collins:  a World War II soldier  A seventeen-year-old soldier from central Virginia records his experiences in a journal as his regiment takes part in the D-Day invasion of Normandy and subsequent battles to liberate France.


Monster  While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon records his experiences in prison and in the courtroom in the form of a film script as he tries to come to terms with the course his life has taken.


Righteous revenge of Artemis Bonner 


Sunrise over Fallujah  Robin Perry, from Harlem, is sent to Iraq in 2003 as a member of the Civilian Affairs Battalion, and his time there profoundly changes him.