• Biography

    Sharon Gibson Palermo was raised in New Jersey, studied in Boston and Halifax, married a Canadian in 1975 and has since lived in Calgary, Toronto and Halifax. She holds an M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education and an M.A. in Reading Education, with a thesis on doing philosophy with children. She has taught at the pre-school, elementary and university levels, and has worked with children in peer mediation and finding peaceful ways of solving conflicts. She has written two young adult novels, and some short stories.

    Sharon has travelled across the U.S. and Canada several times and has made a few trips to Europe, But she spends most of her vacation time at her cottage on the Bay of Fundy. She has two adult sons and a beautiful grandson. Since her spinal cord injury in 1996, Sharon is continuing writing and writing-related activities, and travelling.



    • "The Light in Venice," in Prairie Fire (ed. Linda Holeman), Vol. 19, No. 3, Autumn 1998. ISSN 0821-1124.

    • The Lie That Had To Be. Thistledown Press, 1995. ISBN 1-895449-44-8.

    • "Guiding Discussions: the Teachers' Role," in When We Talk: Essays on Classroom Conversation. Fort Worth Texas, Analytic Teaching Press, Texas Wesleyan University, 1992.

    • "I am Hilda Burrows," in The Blue Jean Collection. Saskatoon, Thistledown Press, 1992. ISBN 0-920633-94-3

      Self published as a single story in digital form, 2016.

    • Chestnuts for the Brave. New Wave Series, Halifax, Nimbus Publishers, 1991. ISBN 1-55109-029-5.

    • "A Christmas Tree for Joey," in Pottersfield Portfolio, Children's Edition, June 1989.

    • "Yes, Teachers, Young Children Can Do Philosophy," in Democracy, Children and Pedagogy.

    • "Winter, Winter, Cold and Snow," Sleeping Bear Press, Ann Arbor, MI, Oct. 2016

    • Nominated for the 1998 Silver Birch Award; 'The Lie That Had to Be'

    • Nominated for the 1998 Red Cedar Award; 'The Lie That Had to Be'

    • Nominated for the 1997 Blue Heron Award; 'The Lie That Had to Be'

    • Selected as a 1995/96 Our Choice Book by The Canadian Children's Book Centre; 'The Lie Had Had To Be'

    • Nominated for the 1995 Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction; 'The Lie That Had To Be'

    • First place winner of the 1992 Thistledown Press Short Story Contest for Young Adult Fiction; "I am Hilda Burrows"