Mitali Bose Perkins (mitaliperkins.com) has written many novels for young readers, including Rickshaw Girl (chosen by the New York Public Library as one of the top 100 books for children in the past 100 years) and Bamboo People (an American Library Association's Top Ten Novels for Young Adults, starred in Publishers Weekly as "a graceful exploration of the redemptive power of love, family, and friendship.") Mitali was born in Kolkata, India before immigrating to the US with her family. She graduated from Stanford University in Political Science, received her Masters in Public Policy from U.C. Berkeley, and has lived in Bangladesh, India, England, Thailand, Mexico, Cameroon, and Ghana. Currently she resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and sons.