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Born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin, Rebecca Behrens left to attend Northwestern University. After graduating, she worked for a couple years in Chicago before going to New York to earn a master’s degree in comparative literature from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Before and during college, she worked as a pet-sitter, baby-watcher, clothes-folder, shoe-seller, custard-scooper, photo-developer, ticket-seller, book-stocker, and restaurant-hoster.

Once she started working as an editor, she worked on high-school literature textbooks; trade science titles; architecture, design and construction books for professionals; and reading textbooks for elementary grades, before becoming a production editor working on children's books. Now she's a senior academic editor for a major educational publisher's K-6 ELA division.

With all that employment experience, she can now say with some authority that writing is the best kind of work. Besides writing books, she sometimes freelances for magazines and online publications. Her historical short story, “Thatagirl!” was in the November 2014 issue of Scholastic Storyworks (classroom magazine) and also appeared in the March 2014 issue of Scholastic Scope (middle-school classroom magazine). Her historical short story, “Piece of Cake,” will be in Cricket. Her first middle grade novel, When Audrey Met Alice, came out in February 2014.

Rebecca and her husband now live in New York City.