Marcella Pixley is the author of two Young Adult Novels: FREAK (FSG 2007) and WITHOUT TESS (FSG 2011). Both books received high acclaim and starred reviews. FREAK was named a best book of the year by Kirkus Reviews, and WITHOUT TESS was listed as a Junior Library Guild Selection. Both books have recently been republished in paperback by Square Fish Press. Marcella began her writing career as a publishing poet. Her poems have appeared in numerous literary magazines including Prairie Schooner, Feminist Studies, and Sow's Ear Poetry Review. She has also been nominated for a Pushcart Prize in poetry. Marcella teaches eighth grade English. She and runs writing workshops and presents author talks to schools and libraries all over New England.