Zoe Meets Critically acclaimed author Sharon Draper

“I loved eating lunch with my favorite author.”

Zoe suffers from both ulcerative colitis and eosinophilic esophagitis. She must routinely take medication every day in order to manage and prevent her diseases from causing even more serious problems to her health.

Despite her illnesses, Zoe is a spunky girl that loves to read and write. Her favorite subject in school is English, and she enjoys writing her own original stories in her free time. Her favorite book is Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper. Zoe loves Sharon Draper’s books, and it was her wish to meet and talk with Mrs. Draper in person. Kids Wish Network helped make Zoe’s dream come true by setting up an afternoon lunch with Mrs. Draper.

Zoe and her family traveled to Cincinnati, Ohio. They arrived at the luxurious Residence Inn by Marriott, and stayed in a magnificent two-bedroom suite.

The next day, her family headed over to Joseph-Beth Booksellers and met Mrs. Draper. Zoe was ecstatic when she arrived, and the two had a wonderful lunch at Bronte Bistro, the bookstore’s café. Zoe had a wonderful conversation with Mrs. Draper about reading and writing, and Mrs. Draper even gave Zoe several of her own autographed novels including, Tears of the Tiger, Forged by Fire, and Darkness Before Dawn. “I loved eating lunch with my favorite author,” said Zoe.

Zoe had an enlightening time talking with Mrs. Draper about various books and tips on how to improve her writing. She felt empowered talking with Mrs. Draper, and was inspired to write about her illness and use real life experiences when writing her stories. After lunch, Zoe walked around the bookstore perusing the wide selection of literature while Mrs. Draper gave her advice on which books she might like. Zoe had a wonderful time talking with her favorite author and couldn’t wait to get home to read all her new books and begin writing new stories.

After her lovely lunch with Sharon Draper, Zoe and her family headed to dinner at The Cheesecake Factory. Zoe had a delicious meal and made sure to save room for a delectable dessert.

Kids Wish Network would like to thank the following sponsors for making Zoe’s dreams become a reality:

  • Sharon Draper
  • Joseph-Beth Booksellers
  • Bronte Bistro
  • Residence Inn by Marriott Cincinnati Airport
  • The Cheesecake Factory

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Sharon Draper

Sharon Mills Draper is an American children’s writer, professional educator, and the 1997 National Teacher of the Year. She is a five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Award for books about the African-American experience.