ERIN ENTRADA KELLY received the 2018 Newbery Medal for HELLO, UNIVERSE, the 2017 APALA Award for THE LAND OF FORGOTTEN GIRLS, and the 2016 Golden Kite Honor Award for BLACKBIRD FLY. Her work has been translated in more than thirty languages. Erin also has more than fifteen years of editorial experience and has worked as a professional book reviewer and book publicist. HELLO, UNIVERSE is currently in development with Netflix and her fourth book, YOU GO FIRST, has been optioned for the stage. Her most recent work, LALANI OF THE DISTANT SEA (September 2019), sold in five countries before its release and has earned four starred reviews. All her books have been published with Greenwillow/HarperCollins.
Erin teaches in the MFA program at Rosemont College in Philadelphia and has served as a mentor for SCBWI-Nevada. She grew up in Lake Charles, Louisiana, but now lives in Delaware.