Like Claudia, Natalie Rompella also tried to solve a great mystery–she and her friend attempted to find the whereabouts of Amelia Earhart during 3rd grade recess. Unfortunately, fifteen minutes was not enough time. Now Natalie is grown up and is currently writing her own middle-grade mystery. She is the author of 10 trade books, including her first middle grade novel, COOKIE CUTTERS & SLED RUNNERS, and more than 40 works for the educational market. Natalie lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, two children, and dog muse, Luna.