Gigi Amateau

Gigi Amateau is from Mississippi and graduated with a degree in Urban Studies and Planning from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has worked for many years in non-profit organisations combating AIDS and illiteracy, and helping the homeless and the elderly in her local community. “Claiming Georgia Tate” is her first novel and has received many awards and accolades, including, the Book Sense Children’s Pick, Summer 2005, VOYA Editor’s Choice, 2005, New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age, 2006, Nominee for the SIBA Book Award, Children’s Fiction, 2006 and Nominee for the American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults, 2006. Gigi lives in Virginia, USA, with her husband and daughter.