Meet the Author

Shelley Tanaka

Portrait of Shelley Tanaka

Shelley Tanaka works on both sides of the publishing industry. On one side, she is a fiction editor for a major children's book publisher in Canada. On the other side, she has become well known as an author of nonfiction books for children. Her first such book, The Heat Is On, is about how energy is used and how we can help our planet by using less energy. Most of her nonfiction, however, deals with important events in history — some famous, such as the wreck of the Titanic, and some not so famous, such as a Jewish family's escape from wartime Lithuania. She has won numerous awards for her writing.

Shelley Tanaka says that writing about archaeological finds, such as those described in The Lost Temple of the Aztecs, can be tricky. "You have to stay on your toes when you're writing about a subject where new information is constantly coming to light," she says. "The research is never really finished." Still, it's an exciting subject. "Who would have thought…that digging up dusty old fossils could still be one of the most exciting scientific careers around?"

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Other Books Written by Shelley Tanaka

  • The Heat Is On: Facing Our Energy Problem
    (illustrated by Steven Beinicke)
  • A Great Round Wonder: My Book of the World
    (illustrated by Debi Perna)
  • The Disaster of the Hindenburg: The Last Flight of the Greatest Airship Ever Built
    (illustrated by Donna Gordon, Ken Marschall, Jack McMaster, and Margo Stahl)
  • Anastasia's Album
    (co-written by Hugh Brewster)
  • On Board the Titanic: What It Was Like When the Great Liner Sank
    (illustrated by Ken Marschall)
  • Discovering the Iceman: What Was It Like to Find a 5,300-Year-Old Mummy?
    (illustrated by Laurie McGaw)
  • The Buried City of Pompeii: What It Was Like When Vesuvius Exploded
    (illustrated by Greg Ruhl)
  • Graveyards of the Dinosaurs: What It's Like to Discover Prehistoric Creatures
    (illustrated by Alan Barnard)
  • One More Border: The True Story of One Family's Escape from War-Torn Europe
    (co-written by William Kaplan; illustrated by Stephen Taylor)
  • Secrets of the Mummies: Uncovering the Bodies of Ancient Egyptians
    (illustrated by Greg Ruhl)
  • In the Time of the Knights: The Real-Life History of History's Greatest Knight
    (illustrated by Greg Ruhl)