Theresa Breslin was born and brought up in Kirkintilloch, a small town in central Scotland.She is the recipient of the Carnegie Medal, Britain's most prestigious children's book award, for Whispers in the Graveyard, and her books for young people receive critical acclaim and appear regularly on children's book award short lists in the United Kingdom.A longtime librarian, Breslin was awarded lifelong honorary membership in the Scottish Library Association for distinguished services to children's literature and librarianship.