Angela Brazil (30 November 1868 - 13 March 1947) was one of the first British writers of "modern schoolgirls' stories", written from the characters' point of view and intended primarily as entertainment rather than moral instruction. In the first half of the 20th century, she published nearly 50 books of girls' fiction, the vast majority being boarding school stories. She also published numerous short stories in magazines. Her books were commercially successful, widely read by pre-adolescent girls, and influenced them. Though interest in girls' school stories waned after World War II, her books remained popular until the 1960s. They were seen as disruptive and had a negative influence on moral standards by some figures in authority during the height of their popularity, and in some cases were banned, or indeed burned, by headmistresses in British girls' schools. While her stories have been much imitated in more recent decades, and many of her motifs and plot elements have since become clichés or the subject of parody, they were innovative when they first appeared. Brazil made a major contribution to changing the nature of fiction for girls. She presented a young female point of view that was active, aware of current issues, and independent-minded; she recognized adolescence as a time of transition and accepted girls as having common interests and concerns which could be shared and acted upon.
Arthur A. Dixon was born in England in 1872. He attended an art school, and was just 25 when his first oil paintings were exhibited at the Royal Academy of Art and the Royal Society of British Artists. Around 1899 he began illustrating books for Ernest Nister, Raphael Tuck & Sons, Blackie & Son, the Oxford University Press, and Collins Verlag. Arthur Dixon died in 1959.
Elle Carter Neal has been an editor for over fifteen years and is the author of The Convoluted Key, I Own All the Blue, and Madison Lane and the Wand of Rasputin. She lives in Australia with her husband and two children, and a blue Burmese cat known as the Great Australian Bite.