Barbara Dee is the author of over a dozen highly acclaimed middle-grade novels, including My Life in the Fish Tank, Maybe He Just Likes You, Everything I Know About You, Star-Crossed, and Halfway Normal. Her latest book, Violets are Blue, will be released in September 2021, followed by Haven Jacobs Saves the Planet in 2022. Her books frequently appear on “best of” lists and have received numerous starred reviews. She has authored viral blog posts about inclusivity in children’s book publishing, and frequently appears at schools, conferences, and in media outlets to discuss her work and the handling of sensitive topics in middle grade fiction. She is a co-founder of the annual Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival, and lives in Westchester County, New York with her family.