M.E. Kerr was born on May 27, 1927 as Marijane Agnes Meaker in Auburn, NY. During her prolific writing career she has published under the pseudonyms of M.E.Kerr, Ann Aldrich, Mary James and Vin Packer. At present she is a member of PEN, Authors League of America and Society of Children's Book Writers. M.E. Kerr is the winner of the 1993 Margaret Edwards Award for her lifetime achievement in writing books for young adults.