Simon Van Booy is the British American author of the first book in this series, <i>Gertie Milk and the Keeper of Lost Things</i>, as well as several adult novels, including <i>The Secret Lives of People in Love</i>, <i>Love Begins in Winter </i>(winner of the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award), and <i>The Illusion of Separateness</i>. Simon teaches part-time at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. In 2013, he founded Writers for Children, a project that helps young people build confidence in their literary abilities. Raised in Wales, Simon currently lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, with his wife and daughter. <br/><br/>You can visit him at SimonVanBooy.com or follow him @simonvanbooy.