Anna Lavatelli is an award-winning Italian children's writer. Of the hundred or so books she has published, several have been mentioned by The White Ravens and she won the 2005 Italian Andersen Prize. Her stories have been published in Italy, Peru, Columbia, Ecuador, Mexico, Brazil and Spain. Her favourite topic is everyday life, finding something of interest in events which are both happy and sad, subtle and powerful, fun and dramatic. She prefers to set her tales in the real world, portraying it as a place which can, at times, be cold and hostile, and in which young people must find their way. She is an enthusiastic storyteller and promoter of reading. She splits her time between Italy and Peru.