Gloria Whelan is the best-selling author of many novels for young readers, including Homeless Bird
, winner of the National Book Award; Fruitlands: Louisa May Alcott Made Perfect
; Angel on the Square
and its companion, The Impossible Journey
; Once on This Island
, winner of the Great Lakes Book Award; Farewell to the Island
; and Return to the Island
. She lives with her husband, Joseph, in the woods of northern Michigan.