Taiye Selasi is a British-American writer and photographer. Born in London, UK, raised in Massachusetts, of Ghanaian and Nigerian origin, and having lived in several parts of Europe, she describes herself during her TED Talk as being "local" to many parts of the world. Taiye is the author of NAACP Image Award nominated Ghana Must Go (Penguin 2013), where her writing was described as having a "glittering poetic command, a sense of daring, and a deep emotional investment in the lives and transformations of her characters". She holds a BA in American Studies from Yale University and a masters in International Relations from Oxford University. This is her first children's book.