Dori Hillestad Butler is the author of more than 26 books for children. Her books have appeared on children’s choice award lists in 18 different states. Trading Places with Tank Talbott won the Maryland Children’s Choice Award in 2007. The Buddy Files: Case of the Lost Boy won the 2011 Edgar Award for best Juvenile Mystery.
Dori has also been a ghostwriter for the Sweet Valley Twins, Unicorn Club and Boxcar Children series, and a children’s book reviewer for several publications. She’s published numerous short stories, plays and educational materials, and has served as the Iowa Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators’ Regional Advisor. She visits schools and leads writing workshops all over the country. She grew up in southern Minnesota and now lives in Coralville, Iowa. When she’s not writing, she enjoys Zumba, her mandolin, teaching her dog new tricks, and board games with her husband and two sons. She plays a mean game of Scrabble!