J. Anderson Coats has received two Junior Library Guild awards, two Washington State Book Awards, and earned starred reviews from Kirkus, School Library Journal, the Horn Book Review, and Shelf Awareness. Her newest books are Spindle and Dagger, a YA set in medieval Wales that deals with power dynamics and complicated relationships, and The Green Children of Woolpit, a creepy middle-grade fantasy inspired by real historical events. She is also the author of R is for Rebel, The Many Reflections of Miss Jane Deming, The Wicked and the Just, and the forthcoming middle-grade action-adventure, The Night Ride (2021).
Elizabeth C. Bunce (KS-MO-SCBWI) is the award-winning author of historical fiction and fantasy for young readers, including A Curse Dark as Gold, a retelling of “Rumpelstiltskin” set in an 18th century woolen mill, and the Myrtle Hardcastle Mysteries, about an irrepressible young sleuth obsessed with the Victorian sciences of criminology. When she’s not disturbing her husband by reading aloud from period forensic science textbooks or researching obsolete points of English criminal law, she can usually be found making stuff. Visit her online at www.elizabethcbunce.com
Stacey Lee is an award-winning author of historical and contemporary young adult fiction, including UNDER A PAINTED SKY, OUTRUN THE MOON, winner of the 2017 Pen Center Award for Young Adult Fiction and the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association YA Book of the Year, THE SECRET OF A HEART NOTE, which sold in eight countries, and her most recent THE DOWNSTAIRS GIRL, which received five starred reviews and which Booklist called “Spectacular.” A native of southern California and fourth-generation Chinese American, she is a founder of the We Need Diverse Books movement and writes stories for all kids (even the ones who look like adults). Find her @staceyleeauthor on Instagram and Twitter.
Susan Lynn Meyer I started writing historical fiction before I realized I was doing it! My first middle-grade novel, BLACK RADISHES (Delacorte), was inspired by my father’s experiences as a Jewish boy in Nazi-occupied France. It didn’t seem as remote as “history” to me, because it was based on my father’s life, but that’s what my editor told me it was! My second novel, SKATING WITH THE STATUE OF LIBERTY (Delacorte), a sequel to the first, explores the experiences of Gustave and his family as war refugees in America. My historical fiction picture book NEW SHOES, illustrated by Eric Velasquez (Holiday House), is about two African-American girls in the pre-civil rights South who learn that they aren’t allowed to try on shoes in a shoe store—but find an inventive way to circumvent Jim Crow laws. I’m an English professor at Wellesley College—the inspiration for another historical novel, currently in manuscript . . . .
Jeannie Mobley has spent much of her life daydreaming herself into other centuries. This tendency has led her to multiple degrees in history and anthropology, and a passion for writing fiction. She is the author of three historical middle grade novels: Katerina’s Wish (2012, McElderry), Searching for Silverheels (2014, McElderry), and Bobby Lee Claremont and the Criminal Element (2017, Holiday House), and a YA novel: The Jewel Thief (2020 Viking). Her books have received the Willa Award, Colorado Book Award, Junior Library Guild Selection, and inclusion on a number of notable lists, including the Amelia Bloomer List for Feminist Literature, Library of Congress 52 Great Reads List, the New York Public Library Notables, the Jefferson Cup List for Historical Fiction, and a variety of state lists.