This book I am reading is written by: Sharon M. Draper. She was born August 21, 1952 (age 60). Sharon Draper is an author who has won multiple awards for her books, including the Coretta Scott King Award for Forged by Fire and Copper Sun. In 1971, she married a teacher named Larry Draper.
A graduate of Pepperdine University, she is best known for her novel, Darkness before Dawn, as well as The Battle Of Jericho. Other books include Copper Sun, Double Dutch, Out of My Mind and the Jericho Trilogy. For thirty years Sharon Draper was an English teacher in the Cincinnati, Ohio, public school system, instilling her love of reading and writing in generations of children, and inspiring them to reach for their greatest dreams. In 1997 she received the highest honor an educator can be given when President Bill Clinton named her the U.S. Teacher of the year.
As a result Draper became a spokesperson for the teaching profession, crisscrossing the globe to talk about the importance of excellence in the classroom. In 1994 the dedicated teacher became an author, releasing her first children's book, Ziggy and the Black Dinosaurs. Since then she has penned numerous books toward children and young adults, Draper is also a poet and nonfiction writer.
The Plot....The tone of the book was very depressing. The time era of the book was the 1980's-1999. This book is an adult and child book. It deals with coping with the loss of a loved one and a good friend, battle with a psychiatrist . The age group of kids in story was teenagers. It deals with alcohol, mental illness, internal struggle and realization. The main character was a male his status was a student. His sense of humor was mostly serious wit occaisional .He had average intelligence and he was very athletic. The main adversary was a male teen student he is present throughout most of the book. This charater is sensitive to other peoples feelings. The setting is the United States/ Southeast . The style of