Anne Cassidy has an established reputation in the world of young adult fiction. She has published several titles for Scholastic, including the East End Murders series for Point Crime as well as her stand alone novels, Talking to Strangers and the Hidden Child, which was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal in 1998. Looking for JJ, published in 2004 has received great acclaim and been shortlisted for many of the major awards, The Guardian Fiction Prize and the Carnegie Medal included, and was winner of the 2004 Booktrust Teenage Prize Award. Anne draws closely on her background and adolesence growing up in East London for her novels, and always writes about issues and characters that are close to her heart. She lives in London with her husband and son.