Pamella Russell is a graduate of Rutgers University, with a Master of Library Service (MLS) degree. She is also a graduate from the Institute of Children’s Literature. Ms. Russell especially loves children’s multicultural literature - books that tell an excellent story, are entertaining, and that teach something about people, life, love, pain, and the world around us. Her favorite stories are of young people that in some manner, exhibit great courage, whether through adventures, disasters, by overcoming hardships, loving the unlovable, struggling through problems and failures, but always reaching beyond the limits of their abilities and their endurance until they achieve their ultimate goals.
As a teenager and young adult, Ms. Russell resided in São Paulo, Brazil for over six years where she fell in love with the Brazilian people, culture, language, and especially their rich folklore. In this story she shares her favorite folk character, Saci, made famous by the renowned Brazilian author Monteiro Lobato (1882-1948).
Ms. Russell is retired with her husband and lives on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She hopes that children will discover a new element of interest in the pages of her book, but most of all, that they will read, read, and read!!