Two-time winner of the Connecticut Book Award, author Pegi Deitz Shea has published more than four hundred articles, stories, poems, and books for readers of all ages. She specializes in multicultural and social justice fiction and nonfiction for young readers. Her most recent novel, Abe in Arms, is about a former African boy soldier suffering from PTSD. Child labor is the topic of The Carpet Boy’s Gift, and Hmong refugee lives are featured in the picture book, The Whispering Cloth, its middle grade sequel, Tangled Threads , and a new YA novel, Stitch in Time. New England history is featured in The Taxing Case of the Cows: A True Story About Suffrage and in Noah Webster: Weaver of Words. Shea’s books have won awards from the International Reading Association, National Council of Teachers of English, Children’s Book Council/National Council for the Social Studies, Junior Library Guild, Bank Street College, New York Public Library, Bank Street College, and other organizations. She has presented at more than four hundred schools, libraries, and conferences, and teaches Writing for Children at the Institute of Children’s Literature, the University of Connecticut, and the Mark Twain House. A proud native of the New Jersey Shore, she now lives with her husband and two children in Rockville, CT. For more about Pegi, visit her website.