The Margaret A. Edwards Award honors an author, as well as a specific body of his or her work, for significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature. It recognizes an author’s work in helping adolescents become aware of themselves and addressing questions about their role and importance in relationships, society, and in the world.
Sharon M. Draper is author of more than 20 books including: Tears of a Tiger, Forged by Fire, Darkness Before Dawn, Battle of Jericho, Copper Son, and November Blues.
“The three novels in the Hazelwood Series, “Tears of a Tiger,” “Forged by Fire” and “Darkness Before Dawn,” all published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, focus on the interwoven lives of teens at Hazelwood High. Andy, Tyrone, BJ and Keisha struggle with the deaths of close friends by drunk driving accident and then suicide, while step-siblings Gerald and Angel try to free themselves from their parents’ addiction problems and physical abuse.
The first two novels in the Jericho series, “The Battle of Jericho” and “November Blues,” both published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, address the tragic outcomes of cruel hazing traditions by Douglass High’s elite Warriors of Distinction club, as well as teen pregnancy.
“Copper Sun,” published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, is a harrowing, yet ultimately hopeful, account of 15 year-old Amari’s abduction into slavery in 18th century West Africa and the Carolinas.
‘For decades, Sharon M. Draper has imbued her characters with deeply human complexity and born witness to the universality of their experiences, sparking powerful conversations and building empathy among teen readers,’ said Edwards Committee Chair Sophie Brookover.”