About the Author
Tam O'Shaughnessy has been interested in science since she was a young girl. She studied biology in college, earning B.S. and M.S. degrees. While teaching college biology, she became interested in learning disabilities, and went on to earn her Ph.D. in school psychology from the University of California, Riverside. She has written 10 children's science books including The Third Planet
(co-authored with Sally Ride), which won the American Institute of Physics Children's Science Writing Award.