Joan Bauer is the author of thirteen books for young readers. She received a NewberyHonor Medal for Hope Was Hereand the L.A. Times Book Prize for Rules of the Road, while Almost Home has become a fan-favorite.The Christopher Award was given to both Hope was Here and Close to Famous, whichalso received the Schneider Family Book Award. Joan is the recipient of numerous state awards voted by readers. School Library Journal says, When it comes to creating strong, independent, and funnycharacters, Bauer is in a class by herself. Joan Bauer lives in Brooklyn, New York.Visit her at www.joanbauer.com."