Julia Pferdehirt earned a B.A. in special education from Western Michigan University. After eight years as a homeschooling parent, she began work as a professional storyteller and writer. Her previous titles incluse One Nation, Many Peoples; And They Came to Wisconsin, and Freedom Train North: Stories of the Underground Railroad, which won the 1999 Wisconsin Library Association Elizabeth Burr Award. Julia and her husband, Wayne, have three children and live in Wisconsin.