Part of the creative team behind the American Girl series, Valerie Tripp has written many of the American Girl books about Felicity, Josefina, Samantha, Kit, Molly and Maryellen. She also wrote American Girl’s Welliewisher and Hopscotch Hill School books. Tripp has also written numerous leveled readers, songs, stories, skills book pages, poems and plays for educational publishers and is the editorial director of the Boys Camp series. She is a frequent speaker at schools and libraries. She most recently published the first installment of National Geographic’s bright new middle-grade kids series, Izzy Newton and the S.M.A.R.T. Squad.