Kerry Madden is the author of the highly acclaimed “Maggie Valley Trilogy” of novels for young adults, all concerning the musical Weems family and their home in the Smoky Mountains. Gentle’s Holler appeared in 2005, Louisiana’s Song in 2007, and Jessie’s Mountain in 2008. The novels earned stellar reviews and more awards and honors, literally, than can be listed here. The New York Public Library, Chicago Best of the Best, library organizations and booksellers from California to Maine, Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus, and Booklist all joined in a chorus of praise for this trio of modern classics, which have been compared to the works of Laura Ingalls Wilder and nominated for the Mark Twain award. The trilogy followed Madden’s first novel, the critically acclaimed coming-of-age story Offsides, and was followed by Up Close: Harper Lee, a biography of the reclusive author of To Kill a Mockingbird. In between came Writing Smarts, a compendium of creative writing advice and story sparks for young writers, and dozens of short stories, essays, and articles appearing in The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Salon, and many others. Kerry Madden earned her B.A. and her M.F.A. from the University of Tennessee and teaches fiction writing at the University of Alabama-Birmingham and Antioch College. To learn more about Madden, visit www.kerrymadden.com.