<strong>Mireille Messier</strong> is a Montreal-born, Ottawa-raised and now Toronto-based award-winning children’s writer with a background in broadcasting and theater. Before becoming an author, Mireille worked as a television and radio host, a scriptwriter, a book reviewer and a voice actress. Sometimes she still does those things. Mireille has published over twenty books, some in French, others in English, for children of all ages. <i>The Branch</i> was nominated for Shining Willow, Blue Spruce and Governor General’s Awards. Mireille lives in Toronto with her husband, two wonderful daughters, three fluffy cats and over a hundred goldfish.