Christina Minaki has always had a strong social conscience and has been a voracious reader for as long as she can remember. She has been writing stories and poems since the age of five. She holds an M.A. in Education, specializing in Disability Studies, and a Masters of Information Studies, both from the University of Toronto. Ms. Minaki is a disability advocacy and social justice educator, published novelist, creative writing teacher, public speaker, children's and young adult book reviewer, and former librarian. She is currently writing her second novel -- a family drama combining contemporary and historical fiction, and spanning three generations. She is committed to facilitating society's re-thinking of everything we think we know about disability and difference. Her Masters thesis focused on the role of and the need for truly anti-oppressive portrayals of disability in fiction for children, teens and adults. She lives and works in Toronto.