Sally Derby is the author of several books for young readers, including Kyle s Island and No Mush Today, illustrated by Nicole Tadgell. She says, For years, I wanted to write a book about Paul Laurence Dunbar, the famous poet from Dayton, Ohio, but I didn t know how. Then one day, I heard a voice saying, You never heard of the poet Paul Laurence Dunbar? Child, where ve you been? And once I d heard that voice, I knew how to write the story. Sally Derby lives in Cincinnati.