Alda P. Dobbs is the author of the historical novels Barefoot Dreams of Petra Luna and its followup, The Other Side of the River. Petra Luna was nominated for the Texas Bluebonnet Master List Award and received a Pura Belpre Honor Award, and The Other Side of the River won a Northern Lights Book Award for Middle Grade Historical Fiction. Alda was born in a small town in northern Mexico but moved to San Antonio, Texas as a child. She studied physics and worked as an engineer before pursuing her love of storytelling. She’s as passionate about connecting children to their past, their communities, different cultures and nature as she is about writing. Alda lives with her husband and two children outside Houston, Texas.