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Uma Krishnaswami, who was born in New Delhi, was an only child who moved often for her father's career. She says she befriended books and made up stories in her head to compensate for her loneliness. She published her first story when she was 13, in Children's World, a magazine published in India. Krishnaswami's picture books, novels, stories and nonfiction books have been published in English, Spanish, Hindi, Tamil and six other languages. The Journal of Children's Literature has recognized her as "a major voice in the expanding of international and multicultural young adult fiction and children's literature." Her new book is "The Grand Plan to Fix Everything" (Atheneum).