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Stephanie S. Tolan and Coyote Stephanie S. Tolan has been a storyteller for as long as she can remember, but she began her writing career as a poet and playwright in the late 60's and published her first novel for children in 1978.

Since then, her more than two dozen books for children and young adults have received wide critical acclaim and garnered young reader awards in several states. Surviving the Applewhites won a 2003 Newbery Honor and became a New York Times bestseller, and Listen! (2006) received the Christopher Award, given to media that support the highest values of the human spirit.

After co-authoring Guiding the Gifted Child, (1982) Tolan became a consultant to parents and educators, speaking nationally and internationally about the social, emotional and spiritual needs of gifted children and adults. Her metaphorical article about the highly and profoundly gifted, ("Is It a Cheetah?") has been translated into more than 40 languages. She serves on the board of Metrolina Regional Scholars Academy, a charter school for the highly gifted in Charlotte, North Carolina, and is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Educational Advancement. As a Senior Fellow, Tolan was one of the creators of Yunasa, a summer camp experience for unusually bright children and adolescents that focuses on balancing body, mind, spirit, emotions and social self, and she continues to serve on its faculty as it moves into its ninth summer.