Mượn Thị Văn loves to read books of all shapes and sizes. First, she read yellow-spined hardbacks about a certain girl detective before graduating to longer novels. Then, she read picture books. (It’s true, she doesn’t remember reading picture books as a young child!) So few books reflected her formative experiences, though, that she desired to bring new and different stories into the world.|From her New York Times acclaimed debut, In a Village by the Sea, illustrated by April Chu, Mượn’s books have received many distinctions, including a Northern California Book Award, a Golden Kite Award, a New York Public Library Best Book, a Kirkus Reviews Best Book, a Junior Library Guild Selection, and an Irma Black Award.|When she’s not writing, Mượn likes to wander among the stout redwoods and spindly eucalyptuses of northern California with her family.