Barbara O'Connor is the author of various children's books, including Me and Rupert Goody, Hello from Nowhere, and How to Steal a Puppy, among others. She has received numerous awards, including the Parents' Choice Gold and Silver Awards, the Massachusetts Book Award, and the Dolly Gray Award. She enjoyed pets, salamanders, tap dancing, school, and even homework as a child. When the bookmobile came to town, she was ecstatic. She grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, and currently resides in Duxbury, Massachusetts, a historic seaside town near Plymouth Rock.