really big trouble) grew up in Los Angeles surrounded by a wide variety o beasts, including a number o brothers. “Wehad an extremely varied collection o pets, some o them quite exotic:a goat, chickens, chipmunks, a baby anteater, and, or a ew short weeks,two
wild and untamed! Clearly, animals havealways been a huge source o joy, comort, and ascination or me.” Whileresearching another project, she stumbled across a medieval bestiary, thedeﬁnitive zoological source o its time, and was ascinated by all the mythi-cal beasts they listed as actual. “Shortly ater that, I came across anotherarticle announcing discoveries o new, undiscovered species o animalsand realized that our planet is a vast, mysterious place. Who knows whatmight actually lurk in its hidden valleys, deserts, and mountaintops?Thus the world o Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist was born.” An excellentarmchair traveler, LaFevers has an obsession with maps, travel books, andatlases that has served her well.She is the author o eight books or young readers, including
Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos
2007), whichreceived starred reviews and was a Junior Library Guild selection and aBooksense Summer Pick, and was nominated or the Malice Domestic’sAgatha Award.
called her most recent book,
Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist: Flight of the Phoenix
(Houghton Mifin) “an exciting tale.” Lookor the sequel
Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist: The Basilisk’s Lair
) in Spring 2010.
and animator working predominantly with traditional and mixedmedia. Born and raised in southeastern Massachusetts, she grewup surrounded by marshlands, which she explored with her siblings. Thoughshe hasn’t been anywhere as interesting as the Fludds’ destinations, she’s seenher air share o the strange and mystical.For the illustrations in
she drew on her deep love o atlases and travel or inspiration. Her amily had a dusty collection o
s that as a teenager she stored away as a uture reerence library.She ﬁnally got to dust them o and use them as a great picture source or allthe lands and cultures that Nathaniel visits.
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