L.M. Elliott (www.LMElliott.com) was a senior writer with the Washingtonian magazine for almost twenty years and twice a National Magazine Award finalist before becoming a novelist. She is the author of the WWII series: Under a War-Torn Sky—an NCSS/CBC Notable Book in Social Studies, Jefferson Cup Honor Book, and one of Bank Street College of Education’s Best Children’s Books of the Year, plus its companions, A Trouble Peace (also an NCSS/CBC Notable) and Across a War-Tossed Sea (a Jefferson Cup Overfloweth title). Her other books include Annie, Between the States, a New York Times bestseller, an IRA Teacher’s Choice, and an NYPL Book for the Teen Age; Give Me Liberty; and Da Vinci’s Tiger, a bio-pic style novel about Ginevra de’ Benci, the young poet portrayed in the only Leonardo da Vinci work permanently housed in all of the Americas—here in our National Gallery of Art.
Elliott began her writing career with Fairfax High School’s newspaper, and as an elementary school student discovered the wonderments to be found in libraries when accompanying her mother, working on a political science masters, to GMU’s campus—then a college satellite of UVA. One of her happiest honors is the annually given Lanier Middle School L.M. Elliott Writing Award.