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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Charles Ferry  

Pen Name: None


Born: 1927 in Chicago, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Ferry was born in Chicago. He attended the University of Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Ferry was a radio and newspaper journalist for many years. He started his career as a children's book writer when he was in his forties. His earlier books focused on the lives of young people during the period of his own adolescence in the 40s. A change in direction came in the 90s with the publication of ''Binge'', a powerful story about how alcohol destroys young lives. The book received many awards and was optioned for film by Walt Disney Educational productions. Ferry was quoted saying, "I tell stories of young people coming of age. . . . My books come from deep inside of me, and they are slow to develop." After more than two decades as a published author, Ferry continues to live modestly, researching, lecturing, and writing from his home in Rochester Hills, a suburb of Detroit, Michigan.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- Best Children's Book, Friends of American Writers, Best Books of the Year selection, School Library Journal, and Best Books for Young Adults, American Library Association (ALA), all 1983, all for ''Raspberry One''. Best Book for Young Adults, ALA, 1993, Books for the Teen Age, New York Public Library, 1994, and Best Book for High School Seniors, National Council of Teachers of English, 1995, all for ''Binge''.