Catherine Gilbert Murdock is rather surprised to find herself in a Battle of the Books, as her weapon of choice is usually a short-handled shovel. When not shoveling, she’s found time to author the award-winning Dairy Queen trilogy, about a football-playing farm girl in rural Wisconsin, and the fantasy duo Princess Ben and Wisdom’s Kiss. Her new novel Heaven is Paved with Oreos (fall 2013) is also set in rural Wisconsin, and features an enthusiastic eighth-grader who learns how much she has yet to learn, about everything. Catherine also sometimes writes adult non-fiction. She lives in suburban Philadelphia with her husband, two children, three cats, and six shovels.