Peggy Kern grew up in the economically and racially diverse town of Westbury, NY. It is no accident that her work draws heavily on her experiences growing up there and on her time spent living in Philadelphia, where she proudly volunteered with Philadelphia Futures, a non-profit that works with at-risk inner-city students. Peggy mentored two students through high school and into their senior year of college (go, Kyle and Marlena!). She is endlessly inspired by the young people who somehow manage to rise above their surroundings, their heads held high, their eyes bright with hope, despite living in the forgotten corners of America. Peggy is the author of two novels for the Bluford High Series: NO WAY OUT and THE TEST, published by Townsend Press and Scholastic. NO WAY OUT was chosen by the Detroit Public School System as a district-wide “must-read” and both were selected as YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers. Her third novel, LITTLE PEACH, was published by HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray in 2014. It explores child sex trafficking in the NYC area. When not scaring her husband by doing research in East New York in the middle of the night, Peggy works out of her apartment in Long Beach and scares her three-year-old daughter, Abigail, by pretending to be a monster.