Pamela S. Turner was an international health consultant and health policy researcher before turning to writing about science and history for children and young adults. She has lived in Kenya, South Africa, the Marshall Islands, the Philippines and Japan. Each of her three children was born in a different country. Pamela's books, including "Crow Smarts," "The Dolphins of Shark Bay," "The Frog Scientist," "Gorilla Doctors," "A Life in the Wild" and "Hachiko: The True Story of a Loyal Dog" have won such honors as the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrator's Golden Kite Award, the AAAS/Suburu Science Writing Prize, an Orbis Pictus Honor and multiple starred reviews.
Her most recent book, "Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune" is an ALA Notable Book, a YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award Finalist and was named a Best of the Year by Kirkus, Booklist and School Library Journal. Pamela lives in Oakland, Calif. When not writing, Pamela practices kendo (Japanese sword fighting) and volunteers as a wildlife rehabilitator specializing in crows and ravens.