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Meet Summer

The Wonder of the World Leaf
     is a beautiful introduction
     to the rich and varied culture
     and traditions of Caribbean
             children's literature.

    —Margarita Engle,
Newbery Honor winning author of
The Surrender Tree

Meet Summer

Summer Edward is a Ginkgo Prize-longlisted author who writes for all ages.

Edward has written several books for young readers, amongst them The Wonder of the World Leaf, Renaissance Man: Geoffrey Holder's Life in the Arts, and First Class: How Elizabeth Lange Built a School. Her works have been called "refreshing", "heartwarming" and "emotionally captivating. She earned a master's degree (M.S.Ed.) in Reading, Writing, Literacy at the University of Pennsylvania and currently works at The Horn Book Magazine. A former college writing instructor, she studied fiction at the Kelly Writers House and received writing residencies from the Highlights Foundation and the Cropper Foundation. Edward created Anansesem, an online magazine covering Caribbean literature for young readers, and previously worked as a children's editor at Heinemann. She is a lifelong Roothbert Fellow, and has served on the juries of the Golden Baobab Prizes for African children's literature, OpenIDEO's Early Childhood Book Challenge, and the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Edward was born in Trinidad and Tobago in 1986. She lives in Florida.