Sharon Creech is the author of many prize-winning and internationally bestselling children's books, including the Smarties-shortlisted, Newbery Medal-winning Walk Two Moons. Her latest older fiction title, The Wanderer, was a Newbery Honour title and was also shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. Love That Dog was a Carnegie Honour book, and Ruby Holler won the Carnegie Medal. Her novels are wonderful, life-enhancing stories that beautifully describe a world in which people grow to be better, wiser and happier. She has said of her writing: 'Sometimes I am asked why I don't write books that reflect real-life violence in grittier settings. The answer to that is: because that is not the world I want to live in, nor is it the world I want to offer children. There are beautiful places and beautiful people in this world, plenty of them, and I like to celebrate those places and those people.'