Jesse O is the pseudonym of Jessica le Bas - award winning poet and author of Walking to Africa, a brutally honest account of her own teenage daughter's mental illness. Jessica lives in Nelson and as well as being mother to seven children she has also worked for the United Nations, as private secretary to a government minister, truck driver and restaurant manager. She is currently teaching secondary school maths and English. Her collection of poetry (Incognito) won the NZSA Jessie Mackay Award for the Best First Book of Poetry at the 2008 Montana New Zealand Book Awards. This is her first children's book.