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ANN M. LEIS is a freelance writer and registered nurse. She has served as associate editor and has written many articles for Doll News, an international journal published by the United Federation of Doll Clubs. Ann volunteers for children’s charities and is on the advisory board of Holocaust Museum Houston. She is married with three children. Her eldest daughter, Nina, is married to co-author Gail’s son, Stephen, which is how she and Gail met and became friends.  Ann lives in Houston, Texas.


GAIL DANZIGER KLEIN is Renee’s oldest daughter. She was a high school French teacher, a docent at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, co-chairwoman of the Jewish Community Center Book Fair, and has served on numerous community boards. A founding member of Holocaust Museum Houston, Gail has held many positions with the organization since 1989 and served as Museum Chairperson in 2015-2016. She is married with two sons.


About the Illustrator:

PATRICIA HARDWICK is Ann’s sister and Gail’s friend. She is a classroom teacher, and has enriched the lives of 3rd through 6th grade students for 34 years. She was honored with the Teacher of the Year Award at Zilker Elementary School in Austin, Texas in 2006. Patricia has always loved to draw and paint and has a local following for her Christmas card creations. She lives with her husband in Austin.

From left to right: 
Gail Danziger Klein, Patricia Hardwick, Ann M. Leis