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Cynthia Lord

Cynthia Lord is the award-winning author of Rules , a Newbery Honor Book and a Schneider Family Book Award winner, as well as the critically acclaimed Half a Chance and A Handful of Stars . She made her picture-book debut with Hot Rod Hamster , which won several awards, including the Parents' Choice Award, and is the author of the Shelter Pet Squad chapter book series. She lives in Maine with her family. Visit her at