Uma Krishnaswami was born in India and now lives in Victoria, BC. Her latest novel, Step Up to the Plate, Maria Singh, won the Asian Pacific American Award for Literature. Uma's other publications include Book Uncle and Me, illustrated by Juliana Swaney, winner of the ILA Social Justice Literary Award; Out of the Way, Out of the Way, illustrated by Uma Krishnaswamy; and The Girl of the Wish Garden, illustrated by Nasrin Khosravi. Uma has been nominated twice for the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. She teaches Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts.