Ben Mikaelsen has won the International Reading Association Award and the Spur Award from the Western Writers of America. Many state reader's choice awards have been nominated for and won by his novels. Red Midnight, Rescue Josh McGuire, Sparrow Hawk Red, Stranded, Countdown, Petey, and Tree Girl are among these books. Ben's photographs and articles have appeared in a variety of publications around the world. Ben and his 700-pound black bear, Buffy, live in Bozeman, Montana.