SONYA SONES has written four YA novels in verse: Stop Pretending, What My Mother Doesn’t Know, What My Girlfriend Doesn’t Know and One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies. They have received lots of honors, including a Christopher Award, the Myra Cohn Livingston Award for Poetry, the Claudia Lewis Poetry Award, and a Los Angeles Times Book Prize nomination, as well as the coveted “Omigod, Having a Mother Who Writes Teen Novels is SO Embarrassing Award,” from her children, Ava and Jeremy. She’ll be the first one to tell you that in 2010 her novel in verse, What My Mother Doesn’t Know, made the ALA’s list of the “Top 100 Most Challenged Books of the Decade.” (To find out why, please see page 46.) Sonya’s latest book, the Los Angeles Times bestseller The Hunchback of Neiman Marcus, is her first novel in verse for grownups—a coming of middle-age story about learning to grow old disgracefully. She is this close to finishing her fifth YA novel in verse. Visit her on the web at www.sonyasones.com.