Lynne Jonell is the author of four novels, four chapter books, and seven picture books for children, published by Henry Holt, Random House, and Penguin/Putnam. Her first novel, Emmy & the Incredible Shrinking Rat, won the Minnesota Book Award, and her third novel, The Secret of Zoom, is a Junior Library Guild Selection and was bought by President Obama for his daughters. Her first chapter book, Hamster Magic, was nominated for the Texas Bluebonnet Award and the Minnesota Book Award, and is the first in a planned series of twelve. Her books are frequently selected for the Junior Library Guild, have received starred reviews in Horn Book, Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and Sesame Street Parents, and have been published in nine languages. Upcoming books include her new novel for ages 8-12, The Sign of the Cat. She teaches writing at the Loft Literary Center, is married and has two sons, and lives in Plymouth, Minnesota.