Jewell Parker RhodesJewell Parker Rhodes (born 1954 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an American bestselling novelist and educator.
Rhodes is the Founding Artistic Director and the Piper Endowed Chair of the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University where she also serves as a faculty member and mentor.
Her most recent novel, GHOST BOYS, quickly became a New York Times Best Seller and has garnered over 25 awards and honors, including The Walter Award, the Indies Choice/EB White Read-Aloud Award, and the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award for Older Readers. Jewell is also the author of TOWERS FALLING, winner of the 2017 Notable Books for a Global Society, and the celebrated Louisiana Girls’ Trilogy: NINTH WARD, a winner of a Coretta Scott King Honor Award; SUGAR, a Junior Library Guild selection, and BAYOU MAGIC, a We Need Diverse Books Educational Selection.
Her newest middle grade novel, BLACK BROTHER, BLACK BROTHER will be published March 3, 2020.
Jewell has written numerous children’s and adult books hoping to inspire social justice, equality, and environmental stewardship. She enjoys teaching, walking her Toy Aussie Sheepdogs, theater, dancing, and music. Born in Pittsburgh, she now lives in Seattle. Provided by Wikipedia