Sherri Smith Faculty Profile

Sherri Smith

Graduate Adjunct - CLA

Sherri L. Smith is the award-winning author of six young adult novels: Lucy the Giant, Sparrow, Hot Sour Salty Sweet (all contemporary), Flygirl (historical), Orleans (speculative fiction), and, in fall 2016, Pasadena (mystery). Her first middle-grade novel, The Toymaker's Apprentice (historical fantasy) was published in 2015. She is a contributing writer for Bongo Comics and is working on a graphic novel.

Her books have won many awards and Best Lists, including Amelia Bloomer, American Library Association Best Books for Young People, Junior Library Guild Selection, YALSA Best Book for Young Adults, Bank Street College's Best Children's Book of the Year, Bulletin of the Center for children's Books Blue Ribbon, Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Books, Washington Post Best Kids' Books of the Year, California Book Award's gold Medal, and New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age. Sherri was a 2014 National Book Awards judge in the Young People's Literature category.

Sherri holds a BFA in Film and Broadcast Journalism from NYU, an M.S. in Business Administration from San Francisco State, and an M.A. in Humanities with a concentration in creative writing from California State University. She has worked in film, animation, and construction. She currently works in a monster factory that makes monsters, aliens, and dead people for movies and TV. She lives in Los Angeles.

G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers

The Toymaker's Apprentice
G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers

Speak Publishing

Speak Publishing

Hot, Sour, Salty, Sweet
Random House

Random House

Lucy the Giant
Laural Leaf