Betsy Byars has written over sixty books for young people. She began her writing career five years after her graduation from Queens College in Charlotte by publishing short magazine articles. As she began to read to her children, her interest in writing for young people began. Her first book, Clementine, was published in 1962 and since then she has authored many award-winning books including the Newbery Medal winner The Summer of the Swans. Byars lives with her husband, Ed, on an air strip in upstate South Carolina. Her young reader books include Boo's Dinosaur, The Golly Sister Books, The Ant Books, The Joy Boys, and The Little Horse Books.
Joyce Hansen has been writing books for children and young adults for over 20 years. Joyce was born and raised in New York City, which is the setting of her early contemporary novels. Joyce’s first children’s book, The Gift-Giver, was published in 1980 and inspired by her own Bronx childhood and by her students. She continued to teach and to write until retiring from teaching in 1995. Hansen currently lives in South Carolina with her husband and writes full time. Her children's books include Women of Hope, I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly, Which Way Freedom?, The Captive, Out From This Place. and Yellow Bird and Me.