Katherine Paterson was born in China in 1932 to missionary parents. She received a master's degree in Bible and Christian education and was a teacher as well as a missionary in Japan. She is the author of more than twenty-five books and has established herself as the most celebrated of children's book writers. Her books have been translated into 22 languages. Her awards include the National Book Award, the Newbery Medal, the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction, and the Hans Christian Andersen Medal. Among her most popular books are The Master Puppeteer, The Great Gilly Hopkins, Bridge to Terabithia, and Jacob I Have Loved. Mrs. Paterson lives in Vermont with her husband who is a Presbyterian minister. They have four children.