Keely Hutton is a children’s book author and former teacher. She worked closely with former child soldier and founder of Friends of Orphans, Ricky Richard Anywar, to tell his story in her debut novel, SOLDIER BOY. Booklist named SOLDIER BOY one of the top ten first novels in 2017 and one of the top ten historical novels for youth in 2018. Keely’s second book, SECRET SOLDIERS, is a heart-pounding, historical fiction novel set in the tunnels beneath no-man's-land during WW1. When she’s not writing, Keely enjoys playing piano, reading, and visiting schools to discuss storytelling and her dog, Maximus.