Traci Sorell writes inclusive, award-winning fiction and nonfiction in a variety of formats for young people. In 2023, she shares CONTENDERS: TWO NATIVE BASEBALL PLAYERS, ONE WORLD SERIES, a nonfiction picture book biography illustrated by Arigon Starr, and MASCOT, a middle grade fiction novel-in-verse co-authored with Charles Waters. She is a two-time Sibert Medal and Orbis Pictus honoree for her nonfiction work. Her first five books have received awards from the American Indian Library Association. A former federal Indigenous law attorney and advocate, Traci lives in the Cherokee Nation reservation in northeast Oklahoma.