Mary Casanova is the author of 30 books for young readers, ranging from picture books, titles for American Girl, and novels. Once a reluctant reader, Mary is passionate about writing "stories that matter and books that kids can't put down." Her books frequently land on state reading lists and have earned many awards, including the ALA "Notable," Aesop Accolades by the American Folklore Society, Parent's Choice "Gold" Award, Booklist Editor's Choice, and two Minnesota Book Awards. When she's not on the road for research or speaking, she loves exploring the outdoors in northern Minnesota with her husband, Charlie, and their two horses, and three dogs. Visit her website at www.marycasanova.com.