Sharon M. Draper is a New York Times
bestselling author and recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award honoring her significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens. She has received the Coretta Scott King Award for both Copper Sun
and Forged by Fire
, and was most recently awarded the Charlotte Huck Award for Stella by Starlight
. Her novel Out of My Mind
has won multiple awards and was a New York Times
bestseller for over three years. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she taught high school English for twenty-five years and was named National Teacher of the Year. Visit her at SharonDraper.com.
Vanessa Brantley Newton is a self-taught artist and has attended both FIT and SVA of New York, where she studied fashion and children's illustration. Vanessa is the illustrator of Ruby's New Home
, A Team Stays Together!
, and Justin and the Bully
--all by Tony and Lauren Dungy--as well as Presenting...Tallulah
by Tori Spelling. She hopes that when people look at her work, it will make them feel happy in some way, or even reclaim a bit of their childhood.