Kirkpatrick Hill lives in Fairbanks, Alaska. She was an elementary school teacher for more than thirty years, most of that time in the Alaskan bush. Hill is the mother of six children and the grandmother of eight. Her books <i>Toughboy and Sister</i>, <i> Winter Camp</i>, and <i>The Year of Miss Agnes</i> have all been immensely popular. Her fourth book, <i>Dancing at the Odinochka</i>, was a Junior Library Guild Selection.