Veera Hiranandani is the author of The Night Diary, which received the 2018 Malka Penn Award for Human Rights in Children’s Literature, is a Junior Library Guild Selection, and a New York Times Editor’s Choice Pick, The Whole Story of Half a Girl, which was named a Sydney Taylor Notable Book and a South Asian Book Award Finalist, and the chapter book series, Phoebe G. Green (Grosset & Dunlap). She earned her MFA in fiction writing at Sarah Lawrence College. A former book editor at Simon & Schuster, she now teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College’s Writing Institute. www.veerahiranandani.com
3 Fun Facts
1. I once almost bought a horse
2. I was on the swim team in high school
3. If I weren’t a writer, I’d be a chef or a painter.
Sarah D. Hasbrook wrote and illustrated her first self-published book “Sadie Mae’s Constant Song” in the summer of 2017. In addition, Sarah is a second grade special education teacher. She holds an Associate in Arts from Columbia-Greene Community College, Bachelor of Science in Education from SUNY New Paltz and two Master’s degrees, one in Childhood Special Education and most recently (2017), a second Master’s degree in Childhood Literacy Education both from SUNY New Paltz. Her passion for teaching and literacy prompted her to write this story. She wanted people to know that even when life is difficult, it is important to always see the good in every situation. In her free time she loves photography, to travel, and of course spend time with her favorite four legged friend, Sadie Mae. Visit Sarah’s website.
3 Fun Facts
1. Sailing is one of my favorite things to do on vacation.
2. My second grade teacher inspired me to be a second grade teacher.
3. I love to travel, but I have never been in an airplane.
Jeff Hirsch is originally from Richmond Virginia and now lives in Beacon, NY. He wrote The Eleventh Plague, The Darkest Path and Black River Falls. His peanut butter chocolate chip cookies will renew your faith that there is something good and holy in this barbaric world. www.jeff-hirsch.com
April Henry is the New York Times-bestselling author of 20 mysteries and thrillers for teens and adults. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her family. www.aprilhenrymysteries.com
3 Fun Facts
1. In 1656, one of my ancestors was charged with “pig bewitchment.” Luckily, he was found not guilty.
2. When Kettle Chips discontinued their Loaded Baked Potato flavor I bought every bag in the store.
3. I hold a purple belt in kung fu, an orange belt in kajukenbo, and am a two-stripe belt in Brazilian jiujitsu.
Ellen Hopkins is the award-winning author of thirteen bestselling young adult novels-in-verse, three novels for adults, and twenty nonfiction books for kids. She lives near Carson City Nevada with her extended family, one rescue cat, a couple of dogs and way too many aquarium critters. Visit her at www.ellenhopkins.com.