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About the Authors
Sharon Bracken
Sharon Bracken is a native of Norfolk, Virginia. She graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University with a B.S. in Family & Child Development. For over 20 years, she has worked in the various fields of child and family development, including international adoption and child care management.

In Sharon's yearning to give a tangible gift to her son, Eli, who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at the age of just nine, she wrote the story, Eli the Bipolar Bear. Soon, other characters and stories were developed. Subsequently, Sharon founded The Elijah Foundation and Child Heroes Publishing as a means to help educate children across the nation and around the world.  
 
Sharon has four children. She enjoys traveling, reading, and cooking. Sharon currently lives in Norfolk, VA.

Jennifer Holmes-Avis
Jennifer Holmes-Avis graduated with a M.S. in Early Childhood Education in 2001 from Old Dominion University. Jennifer has taught both in the Norfolk private school system and elsewhere. In each post she has used her considerable artistic talents in music, visual arts and writing to enliven the classroom environment.

Holmes-Avis is married with three children.