Spotlight on Author Sharon Creech

Award-Winning Author of Novels for Middle GRade Readers

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HarperCollins

Sharon Creech: Her Life

Author Sharon Creech was born and grew up in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. One of five lively children, Creech recommends her book Absolutely Normal Chaos for a fictional view of her family life. In fact, one of the most interesting things about Sharon Creech is how she has incorporated aspects of her own life into her books.

Creech received a B.A. degree from Hiram College and an M.A.

from George Mason University. It was during the time that she was teaching in England that Creech’s first books were published. Her first two books, now out of print, were for adults. With the publication of her first book for children, Absolutely Normal Chaos, Creech began her career as a children’s author.

Books

Sharon Creech has written more than a dozen children’s books, including several picture books. Most of her books are award-winning novels for 9-12 year olds. They include Replay, published in 2005, Granny Torelli Makes Soup, published in 2003; Ruby Holler, for which Creech received the 2002 Carnegie Award; Love that Dog, winner of the Claudia Lewis Poetry Award and the Christopher Award; The Wanderer, a 2001 Newbery Honor Book; and Walk Two Moons, for which Creech received the 1995 Newbery Medal. For more about her books, see my Top Picks of books by Sharon Creech.

Website

Sharon Creech’s website has five main sections: Meet Sharon, Picture Books, Novels, What’s New, and Teach Creech.

The site is easy to navigate and provides a great deal of information. For example, Creech’s author page includes an interview and a photo album, as well as a brief biography.

Sharon Creech’s descriptions of each of her books are particularly intriguing. She not only provides a summary of each story, but she discusses what life experiences inspired her to write the story.

If you have a 9-12 year old child (upper elementary - middle school), I highly recommend Sharon Creech’s novels. She has also written two picture books for younger children.