Brenda Woods was born in Ohio but grew up in Southern California. She is a graduate of California State University, Northridge. Her award-winning books include The Unsung Hero of Birdsong, USA, the Coretta Scott King Honor winner The Red Rose Box, The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond (a Kirkus Reviews Best Book), and the ALAN Pick Saint Louis Armstrong Beach. When Winter Robeson Came, her ninth published book, is a Junior Library Guild Selection.

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