Elissa Brent Weissman is an award-winning author of novels for 8-to-12-year olds. She is best known for the popular Nerd Camp series, which won the Cybils Award for middle grade fiction and was named a best summer read for middle graders in The Washington Post. The Short Seller, about a seventh-grade stock-trading whiz, was a Girls’ Life must-read and featured on NPR’s “Here and Now.” Elissa also created and edited Our Story Begins: Your Favorite Authors and Illustrators Share Fun, Inspiring, and Occasionally Ridiculous Things They Wrote and Drew as Kids, a Junior Library Guild selection that was featured in Entertainment Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, and the Washington Post. Her next novel, The Length of a String—a part-historical, part-contemporary story about an adopted Jewish girl who discovers her great-grandmother’s diary from 1941—comes out May 1, 2018. Named one of CBS Baltimore’s Best Authors in Maryland, Elissa lives in Baltimore City, where she teaches creative writing to children, college students, and adults.