Padma Venkatraman is an American writer and oceanographer who has lived in 5 countries, visited many more and explored rainforests on remote islands. She was chief scientist on research vessels, and decided to share the sea of stories within her, through her books, as she sailed through life with her family. All her books have been featured on numerous best book lists, received a total of over 20 starred reviews, and won multiple honors (ALA Notable books, NYPL Notable, Kirkus Best Book, Booklist Editor’s Choice, SLJ Best Book, PW Flying Start, etc.) and awards (including two South Asia Book Awards, two Paterson prizes, a Julia Ward Howe Boston Authors Club Award, SCBWI Golden Kite award and many more).