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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Stephanie Hemphill  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult; Young Adult;

Born: in Naperville, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Stephanie was born and raised in Naperville. She currently resides in the Chicago suburbs.

Biographical and Professional Information

Stephanie has been writing, studying and presenting poetry for adults and children at UCLA, the University of Illinois (where she received an award from The Academy of American Poets), with Writer's at Work, in classrooms, and at conferences across the country

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Titles At Your Library

Things Left Unsaid: A Novel in Poems
ISBN: 0786818506

Hyperion. 2005

Sarah used to be the good girl. The one who always had her hand raised in class, always obeyed her parents. Until she met Robin. Once Robin comes into the picture, Sarah's life changes. Her closet begins to fill with black clothes. Good grades become something to be studiously avoided. And maintaining her other friendships doesn't seem so important anymore. Sarah thought she knew Robin. But Robin eats danger for breakfast, pushes the limits way too far, and forces Sarah to question everything in her life-everything Sarah thought she had wanted. In stunning verse, this novel slowly reveals the complexities of friendship-the power it has to define, destroy, and eventually heal again.

Your Own, Sylvia: A Verse Portrait of Sylvia Plath
ISBN: 0440239680

Knopf Books for Young Readers. 2008

Your Own, Sylvia draws on Plath’s writing and extensive nonfiction sources, chronicling Hemphill’s interpretation of Plath’s life from infancy to her death by suicide at age 30. The poems are arranged chronologically and each conveys an experience in Plath’s life told via the voice and perspective of family members, friends, doctors, fellow writers, etc.—as interpreted by Hemphill. Each poem is accompanied by an addendum that further explains the factual circumstances of that poem’s subject. The book also includes an Author’s Note, some photos, a section describing the source material for each poem, and suggestions for further reading.

Wicked Girls: A Novel of the Salem Witch Trials
ISBN: 0061853283

Balzer + Bray. 2010

From the acclaimed Printz Honor winner author Stephanie Hemphill comes this powerful fictionalized account of the Salem witch trials from the point of view of three of the real young women living in Salem in 1692.

Ann Putnam Jr. is the queen bee. When her father suggests a spate of illnesses in the village is the result of witchcraft, she puts in motion a chain of events that will change Salem forever.

Mercy Lewis is the beautiful servant in Ann's house who inspires adulation in some and envy in others. With her troubled past, she seizes her only chance at safety.

Margaret Walcott, Ann's cousin, is desperately in love. She is torn between staying loyal to her friends and pursuing a life with her betrothed.

With new accusations mounting against the men and women of the community, the girls will have to decide: Is it too late to tell the truth?

Sisters of Glass
ISBN: 0375861092

Knopf Books for Young Readers. 2012

Maria is the younger daughter of an esteemed family on the island of Murano, the traditional home for Venetian glassmakers. Though she longs to be a glassblower herself, glassblowing is not for daughters—that is her brother's work. Maria has only one duty to perform for her family: before her father died, he insisted that she be married into the nobility, even though her older sister, Giovanna, should rightfully have that role. Not only is Giovanna older, she's prettier, more graceful, and everyone loves her.

Maria would like nothing more than to allow her beautiful sister, who is far more able and willing to attract a noble husband, to take over this role for her. But they cannot circumvent their father's wishes. And when a new young glassblower arrives to help the family business and Maria finds herself drawn to him, the web of conflicting emotions grows even more tangled.

Hideous Love: The Story of the Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein
ISBN: 0061853313

Balzer + Bray. 2013

From Stephanie Hemphill, author of the Printz Honor winner Your Own, Sylvia and the acclaimed novel Wicked Girls: A Novel of the Salem Witch Trials, comes the fascinating story of gothic novelist Mary Shelley, most famous for the classic Frankenstein.

An all-consuming love affair with famed poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, a family torn apart by scandal, a young author on the brink of greatness: Hideous Love is the story of the mastermind behind one of the most iconic figures in all of literature, a monster constructed out of dead bodies and brought to life by the tragic Dr. Frankenstein.

This luminous verse novel reveals how Mary Shelley became one of the most celebrated authors in history.


'''''Things Left Unsaid'''''

Myra Cohn Livingston Award for Excellence in Poetry by the Children's Literature Council of Southern California, 2006'''''Wicked Girls'''''

2015 ILLINOIS READS Book'''SCBWI Magazine Merit Award in Poetry''''''Award from The Academy of American Poets'''

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