Sharon G. Flake was named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start as an author to watch. Her books for teens have received many accolades, including the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for The Skin I'm In and a Coretta Scott King Honor for Money Hungry. "Flake's strength ... lies in developing genuine, believable adults and children," the Bulletin declared in a starred review for Begging for Change, a Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book and ALA Quick Pick. Ms. Flake is a former youth counselor. She lives in Pittsburgh with her daughter.