Sandy Asher

Start Your Free Trial

Download Sandy Asher Study Guide

Subscribe Now

Biography

(Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults)

Sandra Fenichel Asher was born October 16, 1942, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Dr. Benjamin and Fanny Weiner Fenichel. She attended the University of Pennsylvania then transferred to Indiana University where she earned a bachelor's degree in 1964. A year's graduate study at the University of Connecticut and an elementary education certificate from Drury College in Springfield, Missouri, augmented her formal education. Asher combined her love for theater and writing as early as second grade when she wrote and starred in plays that toured from classroom to classroom. Since then she has honed her skills and published numerous award-winning plays which have been produced across the country. She is also a poet, having published some seventy poems, and has contributed stories and articles to several national magazines, for both children and adults.

Writing for young adults is a responsibility Asher takes very seriously. Because teenagers use many sources, even novels, to shape their beliefs, Asher carefully considers what she writes about and how she says it. The result has been sensitive young adult books that deal with serious issues that are especially meaningful for teenagers. Several of her young adult novels have been honored with awards. Just Like Jenny was nominated to the Mark Twain Award Master List in 1984; Missing Pieces was voted one of the 3090 Everything Is Not Enough University of Iowa Outstanding Books for Young Adults and was named to the Child Study Association Best Books list in 1985; and Things Are Seldom What They Seem was nominated for the Iowa Teen Award and Young Hoosier Award, in 1986-1987. Currently, Asher is writer-in-residence at Drury College. She and her husband Harvey, a history professor, have two children and live in Springfield, Missouri.

Biography

(Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults)

Sandra Fenichel Asher was born October 16, 1942, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Dr. Benjamin and Fanny Weiner Fenichel. She attended the University of Pennsylvania and Indiana University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in English in 1964. A year's graduate study at the University of Connecticut and an elementary education teaching certificate from Drury College in Springfield, Missouri, completed her formal education.

Asher combined her love for the theater and writing as early as second grade, when she wrote and starred in plays that toured from classroom to...

(The entire section is 561 words.)