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Esme Raji Godell is the author of the acclaimed novel Sahara Special, and a memoir for young readers, Sing a Song of Tuna Fish: Hard-to-Swallow Stories from Fifth Grade. Her books for adults include the best-selling Educating Esme: Diary of a Teacher's First Year, and How to Get Your Child to Love Reading. A former teacher, bookseller, and children's librarian, she lives with her husband and son in Chicago.