Elizabeth Atkinson’s quirky, heartfelt middle grade novels include From Alice to Zen (Bank Street College’s Best Children’s Books), I Emma Freke (starred School Library Journal review, Bank Street College’s Best Children’s Books, gold Moonbeam Award, Honor Book Award by the Society of School Librarians International, the Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Award shortlist, Sunshine State Young Reader Award, and the Ado-Lisant prize in Belgium for the French Edition), The Sugar Mountain Snow Ball (nominated for several awards, and awaiting 2017 Scandinavian release in Swedish, Finnish, and Norwegian) and The Island of Beyond (recently released Spring 2016 and called “quietly powerful” by Kirkus). Raised in Harvard, Massachusetts, Elizabeth received her BA from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and her MA in Liberal Studies (with a concentration in Creative Writing) from Dartmouth College. She currently divides her time between Newburyport, Massachusetts and Center Lovell, Maine. Her favorite part of writing novels for children is visiting (in person and virtually) schools, libraries, book clubs, and offering fun, interactive writing workshops to middle grade students. Please visit www.elizabethatkinson.com to learn more.