Monica Halpern loves to read and write about history. She has worked in school publishing for 30 years, and has written and edited many supplementary educational books for children over the past 8 years as a partner in Gare Thompson Associates. Her specialty is social studies. She thinks true stories from the past make the most exciting reading. Ms. Halpern lives outside Boston with her husband, daughter, and poodle. Her previous book in this series, Railroad Fever, garnered a starred review from School Library Journal.