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    About our Author
    Amber Keyser

    Evolutionary biologist-turned-author Amber J. Keyser has a MS in zoology and a PhD in genetics. She writes both fiction and non-fiction for tweens and teens.

    Her young adult novels include Pointe, Claw (Carolrhoda Lab, 2017), an explosive story about two girls claiming the territory of their own bodies, and The Way Back from Broken (Carolrhoda Lab, 2015), a heart-wrenching novel of loss and survival (and a finalist for the Oregon Book Award). She is the co-author with Kiersi Burkhart of the middle grade series Quartz Creek Ranch (Darby Creek, 2017).

    Her nonfiction titles include The V-Word (Beyond Words/SimonTeen, 2016), an anthology of personal essays by women about first-time sexual experiences (Rainbow List, Amelia Bloomer list, New York Public Library Best Book for Teens and Chicago Public Library Best Nonfiction for Teens) and Sneaker Century: A History of Athletic Shoes (Twenty-First Century Books, 2015), among numerous other titles.

    Her forthcoming books include Tying the Knot: A World History of Marriage (Twenty-First Century Books, 2018) and Underneath It All: The History of Women's Underwear (Twenty-First Century Books, 2018). More information at Connect with Amber on Twitter @amberjkeyser.

    Booklist Top 10 Arts Books for Youth
    Grand Canyon Reader Award
    Junior Library Guild Selection
    NYC Reads 365 Recommended Reading List
    YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
    ALAN Pick
    Oregon Book Awards
    5 questions for Amber J. Keyser
    What was your favorite book when you were a child?
    The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis
    What’s your favorite line from a book?
    "By endurance we conquer" quoted in Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing
    Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?
    My favorite nonfiction authors are Barbara Kerley, Elizabeth Rusch, and Tanya Lee Stone. My favorite novelists are Gary Schmidt, Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, Nancy Farmer, Elizabeth Wein, MT Anderson, Megan Whalen Turner, and Geraldine McCaughrean. (I know, I cheated, but making an author choose three is like saying I can only love three kinds of cupcakes. Unfair!)
    Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?
    I'm curious about everything. Writing books is the best possible excuse for indulging my obsessions!
    Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?
    Read widely. Believe in the power of your stories. Don't wait for inspiration. Creativity needs persistence.