Ellen Levine’s books have won many awards and honors, including the Jane Addams Peace Award. Although she enjoys writing both fiction and nonfiction, most of Ellen’s books for young readers have been nonfiction. She was born in New York City and received her BA degree in Politics from Brandeis University, graduating Magna cum laude. She has a Master’s degree in political science from the University of Chicago and a Juris Doctor degree from New York University School of Law. She has worked in film and television, taught adults and immigrant teenagers in special education and ESL programs, and served a law clerkship. A former staff attorney with a public interest law group, Levine now devotes her time to writing, lecturing, and teaching. She is on the faculty of Vermont College’s MFA program in writing for Children and Young Adults. Levine divides her time between New York City and Salem, New York.