Kirby Larson is the award-winning and bestselling author of numerous books for young readers. Her debut novel Hattie Big Sky won the Newbery Honor and was a New York Times bestseller. With Mary Nethery, she is the author of the New York Times bestselling picture book Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine & a Miracle (with Major Brian Dennis) and Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship, and Survival. She has gone on to write the acclaimed Dogs of World War II series — Duke, Dash (winner of the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction), Liberty, and Code Word Courage; and the Audacity Jones series, which received an Edgar nomination. She also has written picture books and novels for American Girl and the Dear America series. Her latest titles include Shermy and Shake, the Not So Nice Neighbor (Candlewick, May 2023), the first in a new series of illustrated chapter books and Gut Reaction (Scholastic, March 2024), her debut contemporary middle grade novel, co-written with her daughter Quinn Wyatt. She lives in Kenmore, Washington with her husband.