Sharon Creech

Sharon Creech

by Pamela Sissi Carroll
     
 

Sharon Creech is a best-selling author for young adult readers, and her books are enjoyed in both classroom settings and for leisure reading for three important reasons: -She shows great respect for teens through giving attention to the voices of teen protagonists, creating adventures in which teens grown socially and emotionally as a result of a journey

Overview

Sharon Creech is a best-selling author for young adult readers, and her books are enjoyed in both classroom settings and for leisure reading for three important reasons: -She shows great respect for teens through giving attention to the voices of teen protagonists, creating adventures in which teens grown socially and emotionally as a result of a journey. She captures the language of her characters, including dialects from the hollers of West Virginia and the mountains of Switzerland, and introduces figurative language and vocabulary to enrich her readers' experience during and after their time with her books. With humor and gentleness, she provides readers with a sense of hope. After an introductory chapter and biographical sketch, there is one chapter per volume that examines the characters, plot, setting, and themes in each work. This volume will be useful to young adults wanting to delve deeper into the worlds of Creech's characters, or literature professionals studying Creech's works.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The series' purpose is to provide supplementary materials for young readers wishing to learn about the authors' lives and understand their favorite books better, as well as, to emphasize how special and enriching reading and literary study can be for young, eager readers." - VOYA

"This series of books about favorite teen authors is for librarians, teachers, and teens who want to know more about their favorite authors in depth. The volumes are full of biographical articles, reflections of the authors, and essays about their most popular titles. The series would be particularly useful to aspiring young authors who need reassurance that writing can be more than just a hobby. Bottom line: Both are just plain good reads. [Reviewed in conjunction with Gary Paulsen]." - Teacher Librarian

VOYA - Karen Sykeny
This series introduces young readers and teachers to the lives and works of six major young adult authors, including Gary Paulsen, Sharon Creech, Joan Bauer, Chris Crutcher, Walter Dean Myers, and Tamora Pierce. Each book covers the family and educational background of an author and brings to the forefront the emotional experiences that shaped them into writers. Authors' major works are covered as individual chapters, with critical analysis focusing on story summary, character, plot, setting, and themes, usually following a chronological order. The series' purpose is to provide supplementary materials for young readers wishing to learn about the authors' lives and understand their favorite books better, as well as to emphasize how special and enriching reading and literary study can be for young, eager readers. Quotes from author interviews and speeches are interlaced throughout and excellent works-cited pages make the books valuable resources for critical or casual study. The Sharon Creech volume focuses her work as a teacher and shows how she uses the practice of journal-keeping to create an emotional experience for both character and reader. Of special interest are the chapters on Creech's life and those that discuss Absolutely Normal Chaos, Bloomability, and The Wanderer. In Blasingame's work on Gary Paulsen, the excellent biographical chapters discussing his emotionally traumatic childhood with alcoholic parents and seeing a gruesome death in his early life emphasize his focus on survival, both in his personal life and as major themes in his fiction. The coverage of Paulsen's love of nature and wilderness which led him to his great affection for dogs and sledding is interesting.Overall this series would be a good addition to school and public libraries where young readers show interest in these authors' works. Teachers will find the books extremely useful as instruction tools. Reviewer: Karen Sykeny

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313335983
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/30/2007
Series:
Teen Reads: Student Companions to Young Adult Literature Series
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Pamela Sissi Carroll A former teacher of middle and high school English language arts, Pamela Sissi Carroll has devoted her attention, as a professor of English Education, to helping teachers, media specialists, and readers connect with young adult literature by studying the artistic qualities of the best books of the genre, by highlighting the ways that it can illuminate teens' social, emotional, and spiritual worlds, and by pointing to its potential for building reading skills while providing meaningful literary experiences for readers.Carroll, who has published books and articles on young adult literature, and who is the former editor of The ALAN Review, was named in 2006 as the University Distinguished Teaching Professor for Florida State University, where she has served as a faculty member since 1990. She edited Greenwood's Using Literature to Help Troubled Teens Cope with Societal Issues (1999).

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