About the Author
CLAIRE RUDOLF MURPHY is the author of seventeen books of fiction and nonfiction for children and young adults, including Children of Alcatraz: Growing Up on the Rock; Daughters of the Desert: Remarkable Women of the Christian, Jewish and Muslim Traditions; and Children of the Gold Rush Her awards include a Willa Cather Award and a Sequoyah Children s Book Award. She has a degree in history as well as an M.F.A. in creative writing and has taught creative writing for many years. Murphy lives in Washington.