Kate Coombs writes original fairy tales as well as mixing bits of fairy tales into her stew recipe for funny middle grade novels. Her picture book, The Secret-Keeper, was a Parents Choice Recommended book and a Junior Library Guild pick for 2006. Her comic fantasy, The Runaway Princess, was an ALA (American Library Association) Notable Book for 2007, was included in Bank Street College of Education's Best Children's Books of the Year (also for 2007), and was nominated to children's book master lists in three states. The sequel, The Runaway Dragon, came out in September 2009 and has been well reviewed by Kirkus, School Library Journal, Booklist, and the Horn Book Magazine. Look for her book of ocean poems and a retelling of the Grimms' fairy tale, Hans-My-Hedgehog, in 2011.