Maria Burel has had her nose in a book since she was old enough to hold one. Living in both England and Germany before moving to the U.S. at the ripe old age of eight, books were her lifeline as the shy, awkward kid with the weird accent. She went on to share her love of books as a classroom teacher, then a librarian, then a book blogger and reviewer. Maria currently writes middle grade and chapter books from her home in Northern Virginia, where she lives with her husband, two children, cranky old cat, and devoted dog. When not writing, she enjoys coffee, cheesecake, and movies, preferably all at the same time.