Jo Watson Hackl has been locked inside a library twice (mostly accidentally) but never has been able to manage sneaking into the Metropolitan Museum of Art for an overnight stay. Jo grew up in the piney woods of Mississippi surrounded by great storytellers. Her middle grade book, SMACK DAB IN THE MIDDLE OF MAYBE (Random House Children’s/Yearling Adventure) is about a girl who runs away to live in a treehouse in a ghost town and sets out on a clue-solving adventure. The book was awarded the Southern Book Prize and Jo was named the Mississippi Library Association’s 2020 Children’s Literature Author of the Year. Jo lives in Greenville, South Carolina with her family and her poetry-loving dog.