Tracy Barrett is the author of numerous books and magazine articles for young readers. A grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to study medieval women writers led to the writing of her award-winning young-adult novel, Anna of Byzantium. Her most recent works for young readers are the four books of The Sherlock Files series (Henry Holt Books for Young Readers), King of Ithaka (Holt, 2010), and Dark of the Moon (Harcourt Children’s Books, 2011).
Tracy was the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators’ Regional Advisor for the Midsouth for ten years and is currently SCBWI’s Regional Advisor Coordinator. She won the SCBWI Work-in-Progress Grant in 2005. She has taught courses on writing for children and on children’s literature at various institutions, and she frequently makes presentations to groups of students, librarians, teachers, and others.
Tracy holds a Bachelor’s Degree with honors in Classics–Archaeology from Brown University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Medieval Italian Literature from the University of California–Berkeley. She taught at Vanderbilt University for twenty-eight years. Her scholarly interests in the ancient and medieval worlds overlap in her fiction and nonfiction works. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.