Anne Ursu is the author of six middle grade fantasies. Her new book, The Lost Girl, has garnered three starred reviews before publication. The Real Boy was on the longlist for the 2013 National Book Award. Breadcrumbs, a contemporary retelling of "The Snow Queen," was named one of the best books of 2011 by Publishers Weekly, Amazon.com, School Library Journal, Bulletin for Center of Children's Books, and the Chicago Public Library. She is also the recipient of the 2013-2014 McKnight Fellowship in Children's Literature. She teaches at Hamline University’s low-residency MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, and lives in Minneapolis.