Mitali Perkins ( has written many books for young readers, including You Bring the Distant Near (nominated for a National Book Award) and Rickshaw Girl (adapted into a film by Sleeperwave Productions), all of which explore crossing different kinds of borders. Her goal is to make readers laugh or cry, preferably both, as long as their hearts are widening.

Mitali was born in Kolkata, India before immigrating to the United States. She has lived in Bangladesh, India, England, Thailand,  Mexico, Cameroon, and Ghana, studied at Stanford and UC Berkeley, and currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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