Originally from Portland, Joëlle Anthony is a writer, teacher, and sometimes-actress who currently lives on a tiny island in British Columbia. Her debut novel, Restoring Harmony, was long listed for the American Library Association’s Best New Young Adult Fiction 2010, and chosen as the Feature Title for Cincinnati’s Teen on the Same Page Festival 2012. Her latest release, The Right & the Real also an ALA’s Best YA Fiction list (2012) nominee was recently named a Bank Street’s 2013 Best Books of the Year. Joëlle uses her skills as an actress, and her enthusiasm for the written, word to excite kids and adults alike about writing. For the past four years, she has worked as a Writer in Residence with the Grade 6 & 7 class at Gabriola Elementary School, in B.C., and has spoken and taught at various libraries and literary festivals, in Canada and the U.S. She teaches a variety of workshops for writers of all ages, as well as a workshop for artists hoping to improve their visibility and market their work. Visit her on the web at www.joelleanthony.com for more information.