Leslie Margolis is the author of several books for young readers including Price of Admission, Boys Are Dogs and Girls Acting Catty, as well as the Maggie Brooklyn series.
Leslie earned a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Government and Sociology, from Clark University and a Masters in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics. She grew up in Los Angeles, California and now writes full-time in Brooklyn, where she lives with her husband, their two children, and a genius, six-toed dog named Aunt Blanche. [Source]
Author's Comment: Q: To help Maggie solve the dog-napping crimes in her neighborhood, she digs out some classic Nancy Drew mysteries. What were some of your favorite books when you were Maggie’s age? Did you read Nancy Drew?
A: Of course! I loved Nancy Drew – I thought Encyclopedia Brown was a genius, and I wanted Anastasia Krupnik to be my best friend. I also thought that Harriet the Spy was the gutsiest girl around, and somewhat intimidating, too. When I was eight I sat down at my friend’s typewriter and tried to write my own Hardy Boys adventure. I didn’t get very far because I didn’t know how to type yet. Also, my friend got bored watching me think and insisted that we go swimming instead...