Troy Howell is an author and illustrator of children’s books. His middle grade novel, The Dragon of Cripple Creek (Amulet, 2011), is an American Bookseller’s New Voices pick, an Accelerated Reader book, and was shortlisted for the Reading the West award. He has a picture book, Lizbeth Lou Got a Rock in Her Shoe, with Ripple Grove Press, and one forthcoming with Schwartz & Wade. Among the many notable books and book jackets he’s illustrated is the bestselling Brian Jacques Redwall series. He lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia.