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Children's author Gloria Jean Pinkney met her husband, illustrator Jerry Pinkney, while attending high school in Philadelphia. They have collaborated over the years in making quality books for children. "Back Home," her first book, is based on memories of a family reunion in her hometown and is illustrated by Jerry Pinkney. Her most recent book, "Music from Our Lord's Holy Heaven" (Amistad, 2005), is another family project featuring contributions and illustrations by her husband, and two sons, Brian and Myles. She lives in New York.