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Sharon Creech - Author

About the Author

Known for writing with a classic voice and unique style, Sharon Creech is the best-selling author of the Newbery Medal winner WALK TWO MOONS, and the Newbery Honor Book THE WANDERER. She is also the first American in history to be awarded the CILIP Carnegie Medal for RUBY HOLLER. Her other works include the novels LOVE THAT DOG, BLOOMABILITY, ABSOLUTELY NORMAL CHAOS, CHASING REDBIRD, and PLEASING THE GHOST, and two picture books: A FINE, FINE SCHOOL and FISHING IN THE AIR. These stories are often centered around life, love, and relationships -- especially family relationships. Ms. Creech's first novel for children, ABSOLUTELY NORMAL CHAOS, was based on her own "rowdy and noisy" family. Growing up in a big family in Cleveland, Ohio, helped Ms. Creech learn to tell stories that wouldn't be forgotten in all of the commotion: "I learned to exaggerate and embellish, because if you didn't, your story was drowned out by someone else's more exciting one."

With a knack for storytelling and love of reading, a young Ms. Creech aspired to become a novelist: "To be able to create other worlds, to be able to explore mystery and myth -- I couldn't imagine a better way to live. . .except perhaps to be a teacher, because teachers got to handle books all day long." In college, Ms. Creech took her first writing courses and attended writing workshops. This renewed her enthusiasm for becoming a novelist. Following her studies in college and graduate school, Ms. Creech worked as an editorial assistant before deciding to become a teacher overseas. Now, after spending eighteen years teaching and writing in Europe, she and her husband have returned to the United States to live.


 

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Sharon Creech 4-Book Collection

Sharon Creech 4-Book Collection

Author: Sharon Creech Format: eBook Release Date: 28/10/2014

Newbery and Carnegie Medal-winning author Sharon Creechs stories become instant classics, beloved for their genuine characters and celebration of classic themes such as the gifts of love, family, and forgiveness. This quartet collects four of her bestselling novels, including the Newbery Medal-winning Walk Two Moons.Walk Two Moons: In this Newbery-winning novel, thirteen-year-old Salamanca Tree Hiddle, proud of her country roots and the Indian-ness in her blood, travels from Ohio to Idaho with her eccentric grandparents. Along the way, she tells them of the story of Phoebe Winterbottom, who received mysterious messages, who met a potential lunatic, and whose mother disappeared. As Sal entertains her grandparents with Phoebes outrageous story, her own story begins to unfoldthe story of a girl whose only wish is to be reunited with her missing mother.Ruby Holler: Trouble twins Dallas and Florida are orphans who have given up believing there is such a thing as a loving home. Tiller and Sairy are an eccentric older couple who live in the beautiful, mysterious Ruby Holler, but theyre restless for one more big adventure. When they invite the twins to join them on their journeys, they first must all stay together in the Holler, and the magic of the place takes over.The Great Unexpected: Young Naomi Deane is brimming with curiosity and her best friend, Lizzie Scatterding, could talk the ears off a cornfield. Naomi has a knack for being around when trouble happens. She knows all the peculiar people in townlike Crazy Cora and Witch Wiggins. But then, one day, a boy drops out of a tree. Just like that. A strangely charming Finn boy. And then the Dingle Dangle man appears, asking all kinds of questions. Curious surprises are revealedthree locked trunks, a pair of rooks, a crooked bridge, and that boyand soon Naomi and Lizzie find their lives changed forever.The Boy on the Porch: When a young couple finds a boy asleep on their porch, their lives take a surprising turn. Unable to speak, the boy Jacob cant explain his history. All John and Marta know is that they have been chosen to care for him. And, as their connection and friendship with Jacob grow, they embrace his exuberant spirit and talents. The three of them blossom into an unlikely family and begin to see the world in brand-new ways.

The Boy on the Porch

The Boy on the Porch

Author: Sharon Creech Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/09/2014

Ruby Holler

Ruby Holler

Author: Sharon Creech Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/06/2014

Tiller and Sairy live a quiet life in Ruby Holler; their children have long since left home and things are peaceful. But when they decide to adopt two children from the local orphanage to take on a giant adventure, they form an unlikely foursome. And Tiller and Sairy have to deal with some pretty unconventional behaviour on the part of the children, who don't believe they could ever be `wanted'. A wonderful, magical story that combines quirky action and adventure with family, loyalty and learning to belong. Winner of the Carnegie Medal.

The Castle Corona

The Castle Corona

Author: Sharon Creech Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/06/2014

Pia and Enzo dream of living in the beautiful Castle Corona, having an easier life and getting as far away as possible from their mean old master. One day, when the brother and sister find a missing pouch containing some princely treasure, their lives take an unexpected, and rather royal, change of direction. But things in the castle are not always what they seem . . . A wonderful fairytale story in which lives collide, mysteries unfold and people come to realise their dreams from a Carnegie and Newbery Medal winning author

Great Unexpected

Great Unexpected

Author: Sharon Creech Format: eBook Release Date: 04/09/2012

I had big thoughts to match the big wind. I wondered if we find the people we need when we need them. I wondered if we attract our future by some sort of invisible force, or if we are drawn to it by a similar force. I felt I was turning a corner and that change was afoot.In the little town of Blackbird Tree live two orphan girls: one Naomi Deane, brimming with curiosity, and her best friend, Lizzie Scatterding, who could talk the ears off a cornfield. Naomi has a knack for being around when trouble happens. For she knows all the peculiar people in townlike Crazy Cora and Witch Wiggins and Mr. Farley. But then, one day, a boy drops out of a tree. The strangely charming Finn boy. Then the Dingle Dangle man appears, asking all kinds of questions. Curious surprises are revealedthree locked trunks, a pair of rooks, a crooked bridge, and that boy. Soon Naomi and Lizzie find themselves zooming toward a future neither could ever have imagined. Meanwhile, on a grand estate across the ocean, an old lady whose heart has been deceived concocts a plan. . . .As two very different worlds are woven together, Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech celebrates the gossamer thread that connects us all, and the great and unexpected gifts of love, friendship, and forgiveness.

Unfinished Angel

Unfinished Angel

Author: Sharon Creech Format: eBook Release Date: 22/09/2009

Peoples are strange!The things they are doing and sayingsometimes they make no sense. Did their brains fall out of their heads? And why so much talking, all those words spilling out of those mouths? Why don't they be quiet?In a tiny village high in the Swiss Alps, life for one angel has been the same, well, for as long as she (or he?) can remember. Until Zola arrives, a determined American girl who wears three skirts all at once. For neighbors who have been long time enemies, children who have been lost, and villagers who have been sleepily living their lives: hold on. Zola and the angel are about to collide. Zola is a girl with a mission. And our angel has been without onetill now.This hilarious and endearing novel by Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech reminds us that magic is found in the most ordinary acts of kindness.

Hate That Cat

Hate That Cat

Author: Sharon Creech Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/08/2009

Jack is back at school and still enjoying lessons with Miss Stretchberry. But he doesn't agree with her about everything. For example, Miss Stretchberry likes cats, and Jack hates them. Or does he? A delicious book perfect for reading alone, or aloud, that displays once again Sharon Creech's incredible skill as a writer of fiction for young readers.

Bloomability

Bloomability

Author: Sharon Creech Format: eBook Release Date: 10/03/2009

My second life began when I was kidnapped by two complete strangers . . . That the kidnappers are actually Aunt Sandy and Uncle Max makes no difference to thirteen-year-old Domenica Santolina Doone, better known as Dinnie--she just doesn't want to go. Dinnie's accustomed to change, with her family constantly moving for "e;opportunity"e;--but when her aunt and uncle whisk her far away to an international school in Switzerland, she's not sure she's ready to face this "e;opportunity"e; alone.All at once she finds herself in a foreign country, surrounded by kids from different cultures speaking all sorts of languages and sharing various beliefs. Home and her first life seem so far away.But new friendships and the awesome beauty of Switzerland begin to unlock thoughts and dreams within her. Her joys and struggles make up a rich tapestry of experiences she can find nowhere else. Switzerland begins to be more than a temporary home--it becomes a part of Dinnnie herself, the self she never knew she could be.Switzerland is the picturesque backdrop of Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech's new novel about a young girl discovering the beauty of nature, her place in the world, the value of friendship--and that life is full of wonderful "e;bloomabilites."e;

Chasing Redbird

Chasing Redbird

Author: Sharon Creech Format: eBook Release Date: 10/03/2009

Intriguing, delightful, and touching. School Library Journal (starred review)Creechs best yet. Publishers Weekly (starred review)It started out as an ordinary summer. But the minute thirteen-year-old Zinny discovered the old, overgrown trail that ran through the woods behind her familys house, she realized that things were about to change.It was her chance to finally make people notice her, and to have a place she could call her very own. But more than that, Zinny knew that the trail somehow held the key to all kinds of questions. And that the only way to understand her family, her Aunt Jessies death, and herself, was to find out where it went.From Newbery Medal-winning author Sharon Creech comes a story of love, loss, and understanding,an intricately woven tale of a young girl who sets out in search of her place in the worldand discovers it in her own backyard.An ALA Best Book for Young Adults

Hate That Cat

Hate That Cat

Author: Sharon Creech Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/11/2008

Jack is back at school and still enjoying lessons with Miss Stretchberry. But he doesn't agree with everything about her, for example Miss Stretchberry likes cats, and Jack hates them. Or does he? A delicious book perfect for reading alone, or aloud, that displays once again Sharon Creech's incredible skill as a writer of fiction for young readers.

Castle Corona

Castle Corona

Author: Sharon Creech Format: eBook Release Date: 02/10/2007

Long ago and far away . . . There was a castle. But not just any castle. This was a castle that glittered and sparkled and rose majestically above the banks of the winding Winono River: the Castle Corona.And in this castle lived a family. But not just any family. This was the family of King Guido: rich and royal and . . . spoiled. And King Guido was so spoiled that neither jewels nor gold nor splendid finery could please him, for what he longed for most was . . . a nap and a gown that didn't itch. Far below this grand, glittering castle lived two peasants. But not just any peasants. These peasants, though poor and pitiful, were plucky and proud. And in possession of a stolen pouch. But not just any pouch. A pouch whose very contents had the power to unlock secrets and transform lives . . . And oh, there is an author. But not just any author. Sharon Creech is a Newbery Medal-winning author whose tantalizing tale will not only dazzle and delight but also entertain and excite.

The Castle Corona

The Castle Corona

Author: Sharon Creech Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2007

When a brother and sister find a missing pouch containing some princely treasure, their lives take an unexpected change of direction. The pouch belongs to the king and, as its finders, Pia and Enzio find themselves thrown into the life of the court. At first Pia and Enzio are in awe of this wonderful place, but they soon find that life there, with everyone's dreams and ambitions not always in tune with what others expect of them, is not so different to the lives the siblings are used to down in a small hut in the village. In this wonderful 'fairy tale' of a story, lives collide, mysteries unfold and people come to realise their dreams.

Ruby Holler

Ruby Holler

Author: Sharon Creech Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2007

Tiller and Sairy live a quiet life in Ruby Holler; their children have long since left home and they are happy with their routines. Until one day they each decide they want to undertake a big adventure and they need companions to accompany them. And now it gets exciting because they adopt two children from the local orphanage and form an unlikely foursome, for the children cannot believe they are really 'wanted' and Tiller and Sairy have to deal with some pretty unconventional behaviour on the part of the children. A wonderful, whimsical and magical story that combines quirky action and adventure with the important themes of family, loyalty and learning to belong.

Walk Two Moons

Walk Two Moons

Author: Sharon Creech Format: eBook Release Date: 14/03/2006

In her own singularly beautiful style, Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech intricately weaves together two tales, one funny, one bittersweet, to create a heartwarming, compelling, and utterly moving story of love, loss, and the complexity of human emotion.Thirteen-year-old Salamanca Tree Hiddle, proud of her country roots and the "e;Indian-ness in her blood,"e; travels from Ohio to Idaho with her eccentric grandparents. Along the way, she tells them of the story of Phoebe Winterbottom, who received mysterious messages, who met a "e;potential lunatic,"e; and whose mother disappeared. As Sal entertains her grandparents with Phoebe's outrageous story, her own story begins to unfoldthe story of a thirteen-year-old girl whose only wish is to be reunited with her missing mother.

Replay

Replay

Author: Sharon Creech Format: eBook Release Date: 27/09/2005

Leo's papa stood in the doorway, gazing down at him. "e;Leo, you make gold from pebbles,"e; and the way he said it, Leo could tell that this was a good thing. He may have been given a bit part in the school play ... but Leo dreams he is the biggest star on Broadway.Sure, his big, noisy family makes him feel like a sardine squashed in a tin ... but in his fantasy he gets all the attention he wants. Yes, his papa seems sad and distracted ... but Leo imagines him as a boy, tap-dancing and singing with delight.That's why they call Leo "e;fog boy."e; He's always dreaming, always replaying things in his brain. He fantasizes about who he is in order to discover who he will become. As an actor in the school play, he is poised and ready for the curtain to open. But in the play that is his life, Leo is eager to discover what part will be his.

Walk Two Moons

Walk Two Moons

Author: Sharon Creech Format: eBook Release Date: 17/05/2005

In her own singularly beautiful style, Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech intricately weaves together two tales, one funny, one bittersweet, to create a heartwarming, compelling, and utterly moving story of love, loss, and the complexity of human emotion.Thirteen-year-old Salamanca Tree Hiddle, proud of her country roots and the "e;Indian-ness in her blood,"e; travels from Ohio to Idaho with her eccentric grandparents. Along the way, she tells them of the story of Phoebe Winterbottom, who received mysterious messages, who met a "e;potential lunatic,"e; and whose mother disappeared. As Sal entertains her grandparents with Phoebe's outrageous story, her own story begins to unfoldthe story of a thirteen-year-old girl whose only wish is to be reunited with her missing mother.

Ruby Holler

Ruby Holler

Author: Sharon Creech Format: eBook Release Date: 17/05/2005

From Sharon Creech, the Newbery Medal winning author of Walk Two Moons, comes a heartwarming adventure about finding family, and a home, when you least expect it.Ruby Holler is a Carnegie Medal-winning novel, and with its quirky protagonists and exciting journey, captures the imaginations of readers of all ages. Brother and sister Dallas and Florida are the trouble twins. In their short thirteen years, theyve passed through countless foster homes, only to return to their dreary orphanage, Boxton Creek Home.Run by the Trepids, a greedy and strict couple, Boxton Creek seems impossible to escape. When Mr. Trepid informs the twins that theyll be helping old Tiller and Sairy Morey go on separate adventures, Dallas and Florida are suspicious.As the twins adjust to the natural beauty of the outdoors, help the Tillers prepare for their adventures, and foil a robbery, their ultimate search for freedom leads them home to Ruby Holler.

Granny Torrelli Makes Soup

Granny Torrelli Makes Soup

Author: Sharon Creech Format: eBook Release Date: 17/05/2005

A heartfelt novel celebrating friendship and family ties. Publishers Weekly (starred review)Twelve-year-old Rosie and her best friend, Bailey, dont always get along, thats true. But Granny Torrelli seems to know just how to make things right again with herinterestingstories and family recipes. She understands from experience that life's twist and turns can't rattle the unique bond between two lifelong pals.Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech cooks upa delightfully tender novel filled with homemade dishes and secret recipes. Its easier to remember whats important about love, life, and friendship while Granny Torrelli makes soup.Celebrate a special connection to a parent or grandparent by sharing this empathetic, funny book.A tasty treat. ALA Booklist (starred review)This is a meal that should not be missed. School Library Journal (starred review)An ALA Notable Childrens Book and ALA Booklist Editors Choice

Heartbeat

Heartbeat

Author: Sharon Creech Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/03/2005

A touching story about a young girl finding her identity and learning how it fits with the many rhythms of life. Annie loves running, drawing, and her family. She has a best friend called Max who also loves running, but things are not so great in Max's life. As the two come to terms with growing up and getting on and dealing with the many events and pressures around them a new and wonderful rhythm is established. A classic novel by a Carnegie Medal-winning author.

Granny Torrelli Makes Soup

Granny Torrelli Makes Soup

Author: Sharon Creech Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/06/2004

When Granny Torrelli visits her granddaughter to help her make soup she finds the little girl rather distracted. Things are not going well with her best friend - the boy next door. And as Granny Torrelli chops and grates and boils and stirs, the little girl begins to tell her story. Funnily enough, the girl's story is very similar to Granny Torrelli's own story and, between them, they talk and cook their way to a better understanding of each other. When the final meal is prepared and everyone sits down to enjoy the soup and pasta, life seems sweeter and easier to understand and relationships have been enriched all round.

Ruby Holler

Ruby Holler

Author: Sharon Creech Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/02/2004

Carnegie Medal Winner.

Love That Dog

Love That Dog

Author: Sharon Creech Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 06/10/2003

Jack; Room 105 - -Miss Stretchberry; September 13; I don't want to; because boys; don't write poetry. Girls do; But before he knows it Jack is creating his own poetry and a wonderful story emerges as he becomes interested in this thing that 'girls do'! Not only is Jack inspired to write to his favourite poet, but the poet agrees to visit, and Jack discovers how much more there is to poetry behind the words on the page. A lovely, loving and very impressive novel that defies definition.

Ruby Holler

Ruby Holler

Author: Sharon Creech Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/05/2003

Tiller and Sairy live a quiet life in Ruby Holler, their children have long since left home and they are happy with their routines. Until one day they each decide they want to undertake a big adventure and they need companions to accompany them. And now it gets exciting because they adopt two children from the local orphanage and form an unlikely foursome for the children can not believe they are really 'wanted' and Tiller and Sairy have to deal with some pretty unconventional behaviour on the part of the children. A wonderful, whimsical and magical story that combines quirky action and adventure with the important themes of family and loyalty and learning to belong.

Ruby Holler

Ruby Holler

Author: Sharon Creech Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/06/2002

Tiller and Sairy live a quiet life in Ruby Holler, their children have long since left home and they are happy with their routines. Until one day they each decide they want to undertake a big adventure and they need companions to accompany them. And now it gets exciting because they adopt two children from the local orphanage and form an unlikely foursome for the children can not believe they are really 'wanted' and Tiller and Sairy have to deal with some pretty unconventional behaviour on the part of the children. A wonderful, whimsical and magical story that combines quirky action and adventure with the important themes of family and loyalty and learning to belong.

Love That Dog

Love That Dog

Author: Sharon Creech Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/09/2001

Slowly Jack learns the pleasures of writing poetry as Miss Stretchberry encourages him to tell his own story through verse. What emerges is a moving and memorable story about a boy and his dog and his growing passion for poetry.

Chasing Redbird

Chasing Redbird

Author: Sharon Creech Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/03/2001

To Zinny Taylor, life is like trying to untangle spaghetti - she needs to escape the chaos of her family. So when she finds a long-forgotten trail in the wild woods near her home, she resolves to follow it. It's a journey that leads her to unravel the dark secrets of her aunt's life - and her own. And while Zinny chases ghosts in the woods, gorgeous Jake Boone is determined to chase her . . .

The Wanderer

The Wanderer

Author: Sharon Creech Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/03/2001

The ocean has always flowed through Sophie's life. It promises journeys of adventure and discovery - she is drawn to it. And when she gets the chance to cross the Atlantic on board her uncle's boat, The Wanderer, she can't wait to set sail. But troubled Sophie has a secret, and deep down she's terrified of where The Wanderer will take her. For this storm-tossed voyage will also be a journey into the mysterious past of her forgotten childhood. And she, and the rest of the crew aboard, may not survive it.

Absolutely Normal Chaos

Absolutely Normal Chaos

Author: Sharon Creech Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/03/2001

So. Here it is. My summer journal. As you can see, I got a little carried away. The problem is this, though. I don't want you to read it. I really mean it. I just wanted you to know I did it. I didn't want you to think I was one of those kids who says, `Oh yeah, I did it, but I lost it/my dog ate it/my little brother dropped it in the toilet.' But please, PLEEASE DON'T READ IT! How was I to know all this stuff was going to happen to me this summer? Mary Lou has what she calls a normally-strange family. That is, until her cousin Carl comes to stay. She had plans to enjoy the summer hanging out with her first ever crush, but there's something so quiet and sad about Carl, and Mary Lou knows that no one else in her chaotic home will bother to find out why. So it looks like it's up to her - and what she discovers is far from normal and rocks the family to its heart.

Bloomability

Bloomability

Author: Sharon Creech Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/03/2001

The second life of Dinnie Doone began when she was thirteen. In Dinnie's first life she moved home a dozen times. In each new town her family landed in deeper trouble. Then, without warning, she was snatched by total strangers and taken far away to the other side of the world. Dinnie arrives in Switzerland and becomes a pupil at an international boarding school high in the mountains. Separated from her family, she starts a new life that's strange and frightening . . . beautiful and full of adventure.

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