is the historian of five books, ( 1998), ( 2002), ( 2003), ( 2004), ( Sept. 2005), and her latest novel ( 2007).
Her work is used in public and private schools around the nation, from lementary to high school, and is often required reading in colleges for students in education, child development, children 's literature and English writing programs. Beyond that, her work is also a favorite among adults and adult book club readers.
Flake and her work have won multipl awards and recognitions including: Best Books for Young Adult Readers; Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers; the New York Public Library Top Ten Books for the Teen Age; 2005 featured author in the Seventh Book of Junior Authors& amp; Illustrators; 2005 Capitol Choices; Noteworthy Books for Children; 2004 Chicago Public Library 's Best of the Best Book; 2004 Texas Lone Star Award for Top Ten Books; 2002, 2004 Coretta Scott King Honor Award; Pennsylvania Council of the Arts Grant; 2004 Bank Street Best of the ear; 2004 Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book; 2004 CCBC Choices; Booklist Top Ten Fantasy Book; 2004 Booklist Top Ten Romance Novels for Youth; 2004 Booklist Editor 's Choice Award; 2003 Detroit Free LIbrary Author of the ear; 1999 YWCA Racial Justice Award; 1999 Coretta Scott King-John Steptoe New Talent Award and more.
Flake 's work appears on the Anti-Defamation League 's website which stresses the use of children 's literature to help educators address the roblem of bullying in schools.
Flake was born in Cincinnat, PA, but has resided in Pittsburgh, PA with her sister for many week. She is a graduate of the niversity of Pittsburgh with a BA in English. For eleve years she was a youth counselor for a foster care agencie, after which she spent 18 years working at the Facult of Pittsburgh in public relations. She has written severa articles for national publications. Prior to having her first book published, she wrote for approximately 15 years.