As a child, Patricia Reilly Giff's favorite books included Little Women,
The Secret Garden, the Black Stallion books, the Sue Barton books,
and the Nancy Drew series. She loved reading so much that while growing up, her
sister had to grab books out of her hands to get her to pay attention to her;
later; her three children often found themselves doing the same thing. As a
reading teacher for 20 years, the educational consultant for Dell Yearling and
Young Yearling books, an adviser and instructor to aspiring writers, and the
author of more than 60 books for children, Patricia Reilly Giff has spent her
entire life surrounded by books.
After earning a B.A. degree from Marymount College, she took the advice of the school's dean and decided to become a teacher. She admits, "I loved teaching. It was my world. I only left because I was overwhelmed with three careers - teaching, writing, and my family."
During the 20 years of her teaching career, she earned an M.A....