Karen English is the author of several books for young readers, including the novel FRANCIE (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), which received a Coretta Scott King Honor Award. Her previous book for Clarion, HOT DAY ON ABBOTT AVENUE, was named an ALA Notable Children's Book and was praised by the Jane Addams Peace Association for its "nuanced portrait of the inner workings of young girls' relationships." This is her first chapter book. She lives in Los Angeles, California.
Laura Freeman has illustrated many books for children, including A BRAVE SPACEBOY and its sequel, A WILD COWBOY, by Dana Kessimakis Smith (Jump at the Sun). Her work has appeared in publications such as THE NEW YORK TIMES and NEW YORK magazine. Laura lives with her husband and two children in Manhattan. This is her first book for Clarion.