has won many awards including the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction, the Silver Birch Award, Red Cedar, MYRCA, and IODE Violet Downey Book Award. In addition, two of her books were ALA notable books. Born in the fruit belt of Ontario, she now lives in New York City. She is currently a full time writer and teaches writing at UCLA Extension online. Her next book may be a memoir. Check out her website or look for her on facebook.