AUTHOR OF the I Survived series and the Emma Jean Lazarus series
Bio: Lauren Tarshis lives in Connecticut with her husband and four children. Her parents, mother-in-law, brother and sister-in-law and three nieces all live right around her. This makes Lauren very happy. When she's not with her family, or working on Storyworks, a great magazine for kids, or writing, Lauren likes to be with her friends. She met her two best friends when she was 11 years old, and she still talks to one or the other almost every single day. Lauren likes to learn new things, like writing novels for young people. Recently she's learned to bake perfect chocolate chip cookies (the secret: put the dough in the fridge for an hour or so before you bake them). And she learned how to hike in the wildneress. Her first time, she got lost and a mysterious old man appeared from nowhere to help her and her friend. Lauren learned her lesson (bring a compass and good maps). She's still thinking about what to learn next year.