Padma Venkatraman (http://www.padmavenkatraman.com, @padmatv twitter), lived in five countries, explored rainforests, and was chief scientist on oceanographic vessels before becoming a United States citizen. Her novels, A TIME TO DANCE, ISLAND’S END and CLIMBING THE STAIRS, were released to multiple starred reviews and received several honors and awards. Her latest novel, THE BRIDGE HOME, a contender for the Global Read Aloud initiative, has received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Booklist and School Library Journal.