Carolyn Coman was born in Evanston, Illinois, and graduated from Hampshire College, where she studied writing. She is the author of What Jamie Saw, a Newbery Honor book, and Many Stones, a Michael L. Printz Honor book. These were also National Book Award Finalists. More recently, Carolyn has published The Big House and its sequel, Sneaking Suspicions, both illustrated by Rob Shepperson. In 2010, Carolyn and Rob published The Memory Bank. Carolyn has been on the faculty of the Vermont College and the Hamline College MFA programs in Writing for Children and Young Adults and founded the Whole Novel Workshops conducted under the auspices of the Highlights Foundation. She lives in a small town in New Hampshire with her husband and a cat named Pup, a dog named Goodness, four hens (Betty, Judy, Lucy, and Dot) and eight nameless (namelos) fish.