When Linda Sue Park was nine years old, she published her first haiku in a children’s magazine. It earned her a dollar, which she gave to her father for Christmas. Since then, Park has published a collection of poetry, multiple picture books, and a plethora of novels for young people such as Forest of Wonders and A Long Walk to Water. Her renowned work, A Single Shard, won the 2002 Newbery Medal and was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. Park’s newest novel, Prairie Lotus, has recently been published to wide acclaim.