TAMARA BOWER has been fascinated by ancient Egypt since she was a child and dressed up to play as ancient Egyptians with her friends. She studied fine art in college, and was trained in archaeological illustration at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she worked as a staff illustrator in the Department of Egyptian Art. She has worked as the technical illustrator for archaeological digs in Egypt, Turkey, Spain, Belize, and California. She is the author of two other children's books about ancient Egypt: How the Amazon Queen Fought the Prince of Egypt (2005) – (winning the ALA Amelia Bloomer Award for Nonfiction Picture Books, the Blue Ribbon Nonfiction Book Award, and the Africana Book Award for Young Children) and The Shipwrecked Sailor (2000). Tamara lives in New York City.