Susan Hood is an award-winning author of more than 200 books for young readers, including Ada’s Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay and Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World. She is the recipient of the 2017 E.B. White Honor Award, the 2017 Christopher Award, the 2017 Américas Award and the 2017 Bank Street Flora Steiglitz Straus Award given annually to a "distinguished work of nonfiction that serves as an inspiration to young people." Prior to becoming an full-time author, Susan was a children’s book and magazine editor at Scholastic and Sesame Workshop, and the Children’s Content Director of Nick Jr. Magazine. Lifeboat 12 is her first middle grade novel, based on a true but little-known World War II story Susan discovered in family letters home. Visit her at SusanHoodBooks.com
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