Patricia Reilly Giff is the author of many beloved books for children, including the Kids of the Polk Street School books, the Friends and Amigos books, and the Polka Dot Private Eye books. Several of her novels for older readers have been chosen as ALA-ALSC Notable Books and ALA-YALSA Best Books for Young Adults. They include "The Gift""of the Pirate Queen"; "All the Way Home"; "Water Street"; "Nory Ryan's Song," a Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Golden Kite Honor Book for Fiction; and the Newbery Honor Books "Lily's Crossing" and "Pictures of Hollis Woods." "Lily's Crossing" was also chosen as a "Boston Globe-Horn Book" Honor Book. Her most recent books are "Number One Kid," "Eleven," "Wild Girl," and "The Storyteller." Patricia Reilly Giff lives in Connecticut. "From the Trade Paperback edition."