Judy Alter is the author of numerous books for young readers, as well as novels for young adults and adults. Recent titles include Souvenirs from the Stars, John Barclay Armstrong: Texas Ranger, and MartÃn de Leon: Tejano Empresario. Alter has been director of a small university press for twenty years. She is the mother of four grown children and the grandmother of seven. She lives in Fort Worth, Texas, with her Australian shepherd, Scooby, and her cat, Wynona.