M. E. Kerr was born on May 27,
1927, as Marijane Agnes Meaker in Auburn, New York. During her prolific writing
career she has published under the pseudonyms of M. E. Kerr, Ann Aldrich, Mary
James, and Vin Packer. At present she is a member of PEN, Authors League of
America, and Society of Children’s Book Writers. She won the 1993 Margaret
Edwards Award for her lifetime achievement in writing books for young adults.
She was described by the New York Times Book Review as “one of the grand
masters of young adult fiction.”