Maria_TestaMaria Testa was born in Hartford, Connecticut, grew up in and around Providence, Rhode Island, and now lives in Portland, Maine with her husband and two college-aged sons.  She received bachelor’s degrees in Sociology and American Civilization from Brown University and a J.D. from Yale Law School.   After all that time in school (20 straight years!), she almost immediately expatriated to Dublin, Ireland where she lived at the YWCA and decided to be a writer.

Maria Testa is the author of eight acclaimed picture book and novels for children.  Her accolades include the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights Outstanding Book Award, Chicago Public Library Best Books for Children and Teens, Bank Street College Best Children’s Books of the Year, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) Poetry Pick, New York Public Library Best Books for the Teen Age, the Marguerite de Angeli Prize, Bank Street College Best of the Best Children’s Books, Amelia Bloomer List of Recommended Feminist Books for Youth, and the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Honor.

“I have recently come to realize that my passions and interests have not changed significantly since I was a ten year old girl playing baseball in the street with the neighborhood boys.  I remain as passionate as ever about books, music, peace and justice, all things Italian, and, of course, baseball.  I don’t know why this makes me happy, but it does.” —Maria Testa