Deborah Wiles was born in Alabama into an Air Force family and spent her growing-up summers in a small Mississippi town with an extended family full of southern characters. Today she writes about them and they live on in her stories. Her work has received the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award, the PEN/Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Working Writer Fellowship, and a Golden Kite Honor from SCBWI. Hew newest novel, Each Little Bird That Sings, was awarded the E. B. White Read Aloud Award, and was a 2005 National Book Award finalist. Deborah lives in Atlanta, Georgia, where she avoids the traffic, climbs Stone Mountain, and grows the world’s most beautiful zinnias.