Courtney Sheinmel is the author of dozens of books for kids and teens including EDGEWATER, POSITIVELY, and the STELLA BATTS series for young readers. Her books have received numerous awards, including the Sequoyah Award, a National Parenting Publication Awards honorable mention, and have appeared on recommended lists, including the New York Public Library's Stuff for the Teenage, and the ABC Best Books for Children. In addition to writing, Courtney served as a judge on the national level for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and received a National Scholastic Outstanding Educator Award for her work as a writing instructor at Writopia Lab, a non-profit organization serving kids ages 8-18. Bloomsbury USA published the first book in Courtney's new series, THE KINDNESS CLUB, in fall 2016. Courtney lives in New York City.