is an award-winning journalist and author. Her work has
been critically acclaimed, garnering awards and recognition
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Natale Ghent is the second youngest of five children – four girls and a boy. As a child, she loved puppets, magic, science, and writing and illustrating stories. She loved to perform magic tricks and puppet shows for her family. She also liked to conduct experiments with a microscope, mostly involving paramecium and other microscopic creatures. But she really loved writing and illustrating stories, and spent many hours drawing and writing about characters she created. Her first endeavors involved a family of circles: a momma circle, who wore a fur stole, a papa circle, who wore a fedora, and a brother and sister circle. She also wrote stories about a hapless little fairy who was always getting into trouble.
When she was six, her family moved to the country. They lived in a big, spooky old stone farmhouse and had horses and pets of all kinds. It was here that her love of horses blossomed. She spent many hours riding through pastures and farm fields with her sisters, exploring the countryside.
Natale earned her degree in English Literature at the University of Guelph then went on to study communications and novel writing at the University of California, San Diego. She worked as a freelance writer for many years before writing her first novel, Piper, a story about the bond between a young girl and her dog. Natale is the critically acclaimed, award-winning author of nine books, including No Small Thing, The Book of Living and Dying, The Odds Get Even, Gravity Brings Me Down, Against All Odds, Millhouse, and Dark Company.