Cynthia Lord's debut novel, RULES was a New York Times Bestseller and has received numerous awards, including Newbery Honor and; the Maine Student Book Award. A former elementary and middle-school teacher, Cynthia spent a year teaching on a Maine island, which is the setting for her second novel (TOUCH BLUE, August 2010). Her first picture book, HOT ROD HAMSTER, was published in February and became a Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller. She lives with her husband and her two children fifteen minutes from the ocean in Brunswick, Maine. You can visit Cindy on the web at www.cynthialord.com.