Michelle Houts is a collector of small gadgets and trinkets. She has drawers of old watch faces and broken china, lost keys, and lonely earrings. If she can’t discover the story behind a found object, she makes one up. Michelle writes in an old one-room schoolhouse on a farm in western Ohio. She’s the author of five books for middle graders, including THE BEEF PRINCESS OF PRACTICAL COUNTY, WINTERFROST, and the biographies of baseballer DOTTIE KAMENSHEK and artist CHARLEY HARPER. She writes a STEM-based chapter book series called LUCY’S LAB. Michelle is the creator of the 52 Letters in a Year Project and the Mark Boney Promise, both of which you can read about on her website.