Ann Blades was only 20 years old when she began teaching at the schoolhouse near Mile 18, British Columbia. Unable to find books for her students that represented their lives, she decided to write and illustrate her own stories. Mary of Mile 18 was her first book and included the students she taught that year. She has written and illustrated many award-winning books, including A Boy of Tache, and A Salmon for Simon. Ann Blades lives near Vancouver, British Columbia.