who is esther sparhawk author ya writer of books for young adults

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If you’re an English teacher, librarian, or homeschooling mom looking for free handouts (including my snowflake-shaped poem assignmentrhyme table, and other teacher tools, I recommend visiting EnglishEmporium, which offers free graphic organizerslesson ideasvocabulary lists and more, in weekly blog posts).

In addition to teaching English, I’m a YA author. I’m represented by Elizabeth Kracht of Kimberley Cameron & Associates. If you’d like to contact me, please leave a comment on this blog. I screen my comments carefully for the safety and well-being of my students who visit this website daily.

Here are a few interesting facts about me:

  • I’ve walked away from several “emergency landings” in my father’s airplane.
  • I own a pair of striped socks.
  • I’m lactose intolerant and I can’t eat gluten (wheat).
  • When I was seven, I ate canned cat food on a dare. It tastes a lot like it smells: kind of fishy.
  • My great-great grandparents died aboard the Titanic. For reals.
  • I’ve been known to do some fencing from time to time.

39 responses »

  1. Chelly Wood says:

    Your stories can be found on English Emporium. I’ve provided a link. I’ll probably take them down this summer, so be sure and print yours if you don’t have a copy at home!

    Also, remember what I told you about names? Never use your real name online! It’s a matter of privacy/safety!

  2. Atheana says:

    Hey, I love your site! It has helped me all
    year. I just wanted to ask one quick question, Where are the winners of the mystery story? My mom and I wanted to read mine but we could not find it could you help? Thanks!

  3. Actually, yes. It’s true.

    😦

  4. kidd says:

    wowo are u kidding me i cant belive that you family died on the titanic

  5. I make time to create these blog posts on Sunday night usually, before my work week begins. WordPress is great, because it lets you prep the blog posts in advance and have them pop up on a specified day. I also find it easier to navigate, manage comments and such (easier than Blogger). It’s super user-friendly. I highly recommend WordPress.

    Thanks for the comment!

  6. What a great blog. Thoroughly enjoying it.
    Where do you find the time?
    Okaykitty

  7. Raela's Little Sister, :D says:

    OOOH. I’m really late on this. D: Horrid, isn’t it? (: I’m very inspired. Mrs. Sparhawk, my unnamed(wink, wink) sister said that she would be happy to edit one of your novels… I’ve left her email in the email box instead of my own. Email her, she’d love to hear from you!

  8. Hi! It’s me Umphulump I just started a new blog and account. Just letting everyone know about my new site. You can click my name to visit.

  9. Greetings – thought I’d check the place out after you commented on my blog, and while I don’t normally read YA (I have nothing against it at all, just don’t seem to get to it), your voice here and excerpts intrigue and amuse me. I’ll be looking for your books when they come out…and I’ll put your blog in my reader.

    Happy writing…and good luck with “back to school” this month (my mom is an elementary librarian as well…and not ready to go back). 🙂

  10. Kyle says:

    Wow!!!I had no idea that you were a church youth group leader! I think you would have been fun! When you said that your books were filled with romance, action, well-edited I knew right away that you were thinking about me!!! LOL jk I don’t think you were thinking about you just wrote what you felt and what you wanted to get across to teens to check this web site out. I know that some of your advice has worked for some teenagers in our middle school!!!! Thanx a bunch for the great advice you give to teens and that you’ve given me!!!!!! I still use your English handwriting notes from last year
    +1

  11. msnonsense says:

    Hi, I love your blog…keep it up! ^_^

  12. luvurlab6168 says:

    Hi. I have been on some WordPress blogs and seen comments that you wrote, so I decided to visit your blog. I REALLY enjoy your blog! I love the discussed topics. I’ll definitely be coming here often! My blog’s address is http://www.luvurlab6168.wordpress.com/ . Thanks!

  13. mrsteedsclass says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog …steedsclass.wordpress.com… Of course my students can disagree with me. I just happen to be from California and know their no cell phone in the car laws and I now live in Kentucky and I am trying to enlighten my students and get them to think outside of the box, very much in the same way as your incredible remark. I want to encourage the students to let technology enhance their life but also realize that it should not consume or dictate their lives. That is also what today’s post is about. I will share your site with my students and I hope this post finds you in good spirits. Thank you. I enjoyed reading your post. Hope there will be more in the future. Rekkai Steed

  14. Umph says:

    I have a question I’d like to submit. There’s this boy I truly fell in love with. I never told him, and now he’s in a different school and I have no way to contact him. I want to tell him face to face 😦

  15. Shorty says:

    Hi there. Thanks for stopping by my blog. My avatar was created by Marc Moran. He is reasonably priced, very reliable, and very professional. His contact information can be found on my blog by conducting a search.

  16. Megahn says:

    hehe wow i don’t really know about the biting the head off thing but i know you really want us to love writing. it sounds like you a lot! 🙂 oh yeah, and i left a comment for annie to read about the witness thing…… 😀 bye!

  17. Yes, you’re right. I’ve got yours. I’ll email you now.

  18. okay great !
    umm… no i dont….
    you can email me first through the email that i use for my wordpress account…
    it should show up when you edit it.

  19. Wow! I’m flattered! Yeah, you can send it to me. Right now I’m grading a lot of papers though. I may not be able to get to it right away. Do you have my email?

  20. hola esther !
    i am a …
    writer in progress.
    or whatever you callit.[;
    im wrokng on a mystery book…
    may i send you a copy of what i have so far so you can telll me what you think of it ?

  21. Yeah, and I visited your site today. Guess what… I was aspired. No wait—-I was INspired. ; }

  22. Umph says:

    Awesome! I am an aspiring author, I have a page of stories on my website.

  23. Esther Sparhawk says:

    If you look through my most recent blog posts, there’s one about an essay contest in which you can win cash money. I’ve provided links to the contest. My post is titled, “How can teen writers earn money?” If you enjoy writing and you’re good at it, you should think about entering the contest.

  24. נσѕιє says:

    Wow, nice site! I love the advice.
    I didn’t have to be forced till I liked writing; I already love it. 🙂 I’m slightly obsessed with punctuation and grammar though; whenever I see a grammatical error, I always point it out to someone. I’ve even got to the stage where I examine the free leaflets that come through the door to see how many mistakes I can find. God, I’m a dork. xD

  25. Beauty101 says:

    Nice site! Thanks for commenting on my blog! I am sure to visit this site more often.. I think it is a very very good site and I know I am going to like it a lot! 🙂

  26. Esther Sparhawk says:

    Hey Raela’s little sis, no one is allowed to crap on my website. [winks] See you Monday.

  27. Raela's little sister, :D says:

    omg. NO ONE REMAINS ANONYMOUS! CRAP.

  28. Esther Sparhawk says:

    I’m not a member of ACFW, but I am a member of Romance Writers of America, Idaho Writers’ League, and Pacific Northwest Writers’ Association.

    Thank you for adding a link from your blog to mine. I’ll do the same for you on my recent post about YA links.

    I got your web address by simply surfing through wordpress.com for YA stuff.

  29. Sandi Greene says:

    Thanks for all the nice posts on my blog. Your blog is awesome too, and I’m compiling a list of writer’s blogs and I will include yours. It’s cool that we are both English teachers!

    Are you part of ACFW too? I didn’t know if that’s where you got my blog address from. Hope to meet you someday!

    Sandi

  30. tedhenkle says:

    Hi Esther! This is Ted. We met this past weekend at the PNWA conference. I hope you enjoyed the rest of the events.

    Here’s a link to Bernard Cornwell’s website, so you and your husband can check out all his books:

    http://www.bernardcornwell.net/

    And here’s the link to the “Sharpe Appreciation Society”:

    http://www.southessex.co.uk/

    I also posted a link to your blog to mine.

    Take care and best wishes always.

    Sincerely,

    Ted

  31. castle21 says:

    Haha! This is great! I was one of those students that tried to get your attention but failed as you feverishly wrote away on your computer. Almost scary, but learned to ignore it and just walk away until your attention was focused on being a teacher again. 🙂

    As a seventh-grader I didn’t realize what you meant when you would say that life wasn’t like in the movies, but as I got older I began to see and live the “realities of life.” Very true.

  32. music_chick says:

    ~lol that is soooo funny. thanks for the advice on not using your real name at school today that is true about the creepy people today i had already forgotten until i saw the comment that amy left.
    anyway i love your stories and everything that is on this page!~

  33. Esther Sparhawk says:

    I do remember your sister, but it’s not a good idea to use real names online, if at all possible (even your sister’s). It was wise of you to avoid using your full name when blogging with me on this website. I wish more kids were that Internet savvy.

    BTW, I enjoyed teaching your sis. She’s very creative and organized. Neat person!

    Thanks for joining my blog site. Submit your questions or comments any time!

  34. Amy says:

    hi! you might know my sister Raela. she sed she really likes your site, and itz real helpful, same with me.

  35. Esther Sparhawk says:

    Thanks for this question. I’ll think about it for a while and post later. Keep checking my web site for updates.

  36. Anonymous says:

    mra.fodelsong i wanted to know if you could do one about how to ask out a guy and not to be dumped hard or you should do one on how to out out your crush i really need this?!?!?

  37. Ashley Pierce says:

    lol i dont use my english notes but i still remember EVERYTHING you tought me:)

  38. Breonna Bailey says:

    Wow!!!I had no idea that you were a church youth group leader! I think you would have been fun! When you said that your books were filled with romance, action, well-edited I knew right away that you were thinking about me!!! 🙂 LOL jk I don’t think you were thinking about you just wrote what you felt and what you wanted to get across to teens to check this web site out. I know that some of your advice has worked for some teenagers in BMS!!!! Thanx a bunch for the great advice you give to teens and that you’ve given me!!!!!! 🙂 I still use your English handwriting notes from last year

  39. thereader says:

    sorry i posted at the wrong place . I wanted to post my comment for Forbidden Kisses at Camp .

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