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Stephanie Hemphill

Born: in Naperville, Illinois
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Hemphill was born and raised in Naperville. She currently resides in the Chicago suburbs.

Biography: Stephanie Hemphill 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

  • """Things Left Unsaid"""
  • -- Myra Cohn Livingston Award for Excellence in Poetry by the Children's Literature Council of Southern California, 2006
  • """Wicked Girls"""
  • -- ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2015
  • """Fatal Throne"""
  • -- Illinois READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2019
  • """The Language of Fire: Joan of Arc Reimagined"""
  • -- Starred Review, ALA Booklist
  • -- Starred Review, Horn Book
  • """Other Awards"""
  • -- SCBWI Magazine Merit Award in Poetry
  • -- Award from The Academy of American Poets

Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers


Selected Titles

Fatal throne :
ISBN: 9781524716196 OCLC: 1000526999

Seven award-winning young adult authors illuminate the lives of Britain's King Henry VIII and his six wives from different viewpoints.

Hideous love :
ISBN: 0061853313 OCLC: 826123078

A free-verse novel about the Gothic novelist Mary Shelley, a teenager whose love story led her to write the literary masterpiece, Frankenstein.

Sisters of glass /
ISBN: 0375861092 OCLC: 747527889

Alfred A. Knopf, New York : 2012.

When a new glassblower arrives to help in the family business, the attraction Maria feels for him causes a web of conflicting emotions to grow even more tangled.

The language of fire :
ISBN: 0062490117 OCLC: 1052529536

"A lyrical, dark, and moving look at the life of Joan of Arc, who as a teen girl in the fifteenth century commanded an army and helped crown a king of France. This verse novel from award-winning author Stephanie Hemphill dares to imagine how an ordinary girl became a great leader, and ultimately saved a nation."--Jacket flap.

Things left unsaid :
ISBN: 0786818506 OCLC: 54502098

Hyperion, New York : ©2005.

After a lifetime of conforming to the image of what her parents and high school friends want her to be, Sarah must come to terms with her own identity when her destructive best friend tries to commit suicide. Told in the form of free-verse poems.

Wicked girls :
ISBN: 0061853283 OCLC: 456180543

Balzer + Bray New York : ©2010.

A fictionalized account, told in verse, of the Salem witch trials, told from the perspective of three of the real young women living in Salem in 1692--Mercy Lewis, Margaret Walcott, and Ann Putnam, Jr.

Your own, Sylvia :
ISBN: 0440239680 OCLC: 64486926

Alfred A. Knopf, New York : ©2007.

The author interprets the people, events, influences and art that made up the brief life of Sylvia Plath.