About the Author: Biography

Amy Butler Greenfield is an award-winning historian and novelist who writes for both adults and children. An enthusiastic and experienced speaker, she has appeared on many radio programs and on television. She has also given talks at Harvard University's Sackler Museum, the Los Angeles Public Library, and the Symposium on Food and Cookery at Oxford University, as well as many wonderful bookstores, classrooms, and lecture halls in between.

Amy is the author of A Perfect Red, a narrative history of the red dye cochineal. It garnered high praise from critics and has been published in eight languages. In the United States, it won the PEN/Albrand Award for First Nonfiction, and in France it was awarded the Veolia Prix du Livre Environnement. Amy’s nonfiction has been featured in Gastronomica, Cricket, Smithsonian.com, and many other publications.

Amy’s fiction for children includes Virginia Bound, an historical adventure about a boy who is kidnapped and sent to Jamestown. Named a Bank Street Best Book of the Year, it won the Beacon of Freedom Award for historical fiction and was a finalist for the Julia Ward Howe Prize, the Virginia Reader’s Choice Award, and the Young Hoosier Book Award. The Chantress trilogy, an alternate-history fantasy about a girl who sings magic in a world that forbids it, was praised by Franny Billingsley as “an enchanted read” and hailed by one critic as a potential “female answer to Harry Potter.”

Amy’s next book, Ra the Mighty: Cat Detective, is a funny mystery set in Ancient Egypt, starring a Pharaoh’s pampered cat and his scarab beetle sidekick.

Amy grew up in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State and graduated from Williams College. As a Marshall Scholar in Modern History at Oxford, she researched the early chocolate trade under Sir John Elliott. She now lives with her family on the edge of the Cotswolds in England, where she writes, bakes, and plots mischief.

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