TBF – Sharon Flake

March 25, 2009 at 5:49 pm

sharon_flake_450Meet Sharon Flake at the Teen Book Festival on April 4th!


Did I mention it’s totally FREE?



And that you can get a free ride to and from Nazareth (please visit the Youth Services desk to pick up a parental permission form)?

Five Fun Facts about Sharon:
1. I like to go line dancing several times a week.

2. Candy is my favorite food.

3. Trees make me happy.

4. I love to watch television.

5. I like shopping for food more than I like shopping for clothes.

Books by Sharon Flake:

Murders are so common in his neighborhood that Mann and his best friend, Kee-lee, keep a running tally of all the deceased, since no one else seems to be paying attention. Mann escapes reality through painting and horseback riding, but eventually turns to fighting, cheap thrills, and much worse. In a last-ditch effort, his father does the one thing he thinks will teach his son how to survive. Drawing from an ancient African tradition, he abandons Mann and Kee-lee in the woods, leaving them to navigate their way home, alone. Can they survive? What will happen if Mann chooses the wrong path?

Begging for Change
Raspberry Hill, who once was homeless, vowed never to end up on the streets again. To her, money equals security. But when a troubled neighborhood teenager attacks her mother, Raspberry is desperate for things in her life to change and ends up stealing from her best friend. But nothing good comes from bad money. And as her thoughts alternate between the two men in her life-as her relationship with Sato blossoms and her relationship with her drug-addicted father erodes-Raspberry must finally confront the biggest of all her fears: is she really much different from her thieving father after all? How will her friends react when they find out what she’s done? Raspberry is certain…something’s got to change. (Sequel to Money Hungry)

Broken Bike Boy and the Queen of 33rd Street
Queen is a royal pain in the neck. Her Highness treats everyone as though they were her loyal subjects: her classmates, her teacher, even her parents! When a new kid comes to school, riding a broken bike and wearing run-over shoes, he immediately becomes the butt of all the jokes. Her parents insist she be nice to Leroy, but Queen does not see why she should. Leroy is not just smelly; Queen thinks that he tells fibs. And when he says he is an African prince from Senegal, sparks begin to fly. Queen is determined to prove that Leroy is an impostor. But along the way, Queen learns the unexpected from her Broken Bike Boy what being a good friend and happily ever after really mean.

Money Hungry
Thirteen-year-old Raspberry Hill is starved for money. She will do just about anything legal to get her hands on the almighty dollar. Memories of being homeless, sleeping in the streets, and eating from handouts keep her eye on the only prize that matters to her: cold, hard cash.

Skin I’m In
Maleeka suffers every day from the taunts of the other kids in her class. If they are not getting at her about her embarrassing home-made clothes or her good grades at school, it is about her dark, black skin – a deeper shade than any of theirs. When a new teacher, whose face is blotched with a startling white patch, starts at their school, Maleeka can see there is bound to be trouble for her too. But the new teacher’s attitude surprises Maleeka. Miss Saunders loves the skin she is in. Can Maleeka too?

Who Am I Without Him?: Short Stories About Girls and the Boys in Their Lives
There is “The Ugly One,” whose only solace comes when she is locked inside her own head. In “Wanted: A Thug,” a teenager seeks advice on how to steal her best friend’s bad-guy boyfriend. And then there’s Erika, who only likes white boys. Meet these and other characters you will never forget in this captivating collection of stories.


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