Austin Thacker was the co-assistant editor of Ironwood Ridge High School newspaper. He is a survivor of stage IV non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. My Hand Mitten is his first novel. He was a finalist for Poetry Out Loud, won the Barnes & Noble Teacher Appreciation Award for an article he wrote about his favorite teacher, and won the Spotlight on Youth Award for Oro Valley. He lives with his family in Tucson, AZ.