Marianne Mitchell is an award-winning author of twelve books for young readers and over three hundred stories and articles in children’s magazines such as Highlights for Children and Highlights High Five. She writes in multiple genres, including folktales, mysteries, historical fiction and adventure. As an Arizona native, Marianne often uses the West as a setting for her middle-grade novels. "Finding Zola" is a mystery set near Tucson. A second mystery, "Firebug," is set among the red rocks of Sedona, Arizona. "The Ghost in the Wood" is her most recent book, set in Colorado. It won first place for children’s literature in the Arizona Authors Association Literary Contest. She currently lives in Oro Valley, Arizona and you may often find her at the Oro Valley library where she volunteers with her therapy dog. Marianne also enjoys coming to schools and talking to kids about books and writing.