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Sharon Draper: Criticism and Reviews

Sharon Draper's web site has reviews of her books.

Not Quite Burned Out But Crispy Around the Edges: Inspiration, Laughter, and Encouragement for Teachers is reviewed by Craig Robinson, Point Loma Nazarene University.

Double Dutch is reviewed by Lynda Jones in the Black Issues Book Review, July-August, 2002.

The Battle of Jericho is reviewed by Norah Piehl.

Additional criticism and review of Sharon Draper's works can be found at your local public library.

The following reviews can be accessed online only by an individual who has a current library card through this address.

Romiette and Julio.
Review by Traci Todd.
Booklist, October 1, 2003 v100 i3 p341(1).

"There's quite a mouthful of dialogue to deal with in this romantic tale, and Johnson handles most of it with aplomb. Listeners will especially appreciate…"

Romiette and Julio.
Review by Arina Zonnenberg.
Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, April 2002 v45 i7 p660(2).

"Romiette and Julio by Sharon Draper is a modern-day take on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. We first meet Romiette Cappelle through her journal as she writes about her fear of…"

The Battle of Jericho.
Publishers Weekly, June 9, 2003 v250 i23 p53(1).

"Draper (Forged by Fire; Double Dutch) conveys the seductive power of teen clubs and the dangers of hazing rituals in this timely novel about…"

The Battle of Jericho.
Review by Ilene Cooper.
Booklist, June 1, 2003 p1761(1).

"The Warriors of Distinction has been the school's most exclusive club for 50 years, so when 16-year-old Jericho is asked to pledge, he's excited -- and intimidated. He is also…"

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i>The Battle of Jericho.
Kirkus Reviews, June 1, 2003 v71 i11 p802(1).

"The Warriors of Distinction are Douglas High's elite group, a brotherhood separate from school, a service club with a secret initiation resulting…"

Double Dutch.
Publishers Weekly, June 17, 2002 v249 i24 p66(1).

"Secrets, not all of them credible, abound among the eighth-grade protagonists…"

Double Dutch.
Kirkus Reviews, June 1, 2002 v70 i11 p804(1).

"Delia is an intelligent, creative, eighth-grade student with a secret: she cannot read. No one has guessed because…"

Darkness Before Dawn.
Review by Odette Cornwall.
Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, April 2002 v45 i7 p661(1).

"…a group of young adults who are rational, insightful, sometimes crazy, but for the most part level-headed human beings who, as in real life, find themselves at times…"

Darkness before Dawn.
Review by Debbie Carton.
Booklist, January 1, 2001 p939.

"It's been a hard summer for Keisha Montgomery. She is still recovering from…"

Forged by Fire.
Review by Candace Smith.
Booklist, February 15, 1997 v93 n12 p1016(1).

"Gerald Nickelby, a minor character in Tears of a Tiger (1994) emerges full-fledged and courageous in this companion story…"

Lost in the Tunnel of Time.
Publishers Weekly, March 25, 1996 v243 n13 p85(1).

"An inaugural release in the Ziggy and the Black Dinosaurs series, this tale focuses on four African American boys who make up…"

Tears of a Tiger.
Review by Merri Monks.
Booklist, November 1, 1994 v91 n5 p492(1).

"When star basketball player Robert Washington and his three closest friends mix drinking and driving in a post game victory celebration…"

Tears of a Tiger.
Publishers Weekly, October 31, 1994 v241 n44 p64(1).

"Draper's ambitious first novel tackles teenage drinking, suicidal depression and other front-page topics and relates the action through…"

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