Cassie Beasley is from rural Georgia, where she helps out on the family pecan plantation when she's not writing. Vermont College of Fine Arts awarded her an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults. Circus Mirandus, her debut novel, was a New York Times bestseller and a New York Times Notable Children's Book. The Bootlace Magician is the sequel. Tumble & Blue, her second book, earned a lot of positive feedback.