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Margaret Peterson Haddix grew up on a farm near Washington Court House, Ohio. She graduated from Miami University (of Ohio) with degrees in English/journalism, English/creative writing and history. Before her first book was published, she worked as a newspaper copy editor in Fort Wayne, Ind.; a newspaper reporter in Indianapolis; and a community college instructor and freelance writer in Danville, Ill. She has since written more than 20 books for kids and teens, including "Running Out of Time," "Mrs. Dunphrey," the "Shadow Children" series and "Found," which is the first book in a new series, called "The Missing." Her books have been honored with the International Reading Association's Children's Book Award, the American Library Association Best Book and Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers notations; among others. Her most recent books are "Claim to Fame" (Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing) and "The 39 Clues: Book 10, Into the Gauntlet" (Scholastic). Haddix lives in Ohio.