Todd Mitchell is the author of several award-winning novels for young readers, teens, and adults including The Last Panther (Penguin Random House), The Traitor King (Scholastic), The Secret to Lying (Candlewick), and Backwards (Candlewick). His two newest books came out in fall 2021—one for writers, artists, and creators titled Breakthrough: How to Overcome Doubt, Fear, and Resistance to Be Your Ultimate Creative Self, and a middle grade novel that's been optioned for film/TV development titled The Namer of Spirits. In addition to his books, he’s also written for comics, including A Flight of Angels (Vertigo, a YALSA Top 10 Pick for Teens) and Broken Saviors (an alien invasion comic available on ComiXology). Currently, Todd serves as an Associate Teaching Professor at Colorado State University where he directs the Beginning Creative Writing Teaching Program. You can visit him (and learn about his squirrel obsession) at www.ToddMitchellBooks.com.