Paulina Bonilla is an eighth grader at JLS Middle School in Palo Alto. She has been writing since second grade and even decided to publish some stories, but never actually got around to it! The only reason she managed to remember to publish this is that she chose publishing this book for her Rite Of Passage Experience project at school. Luckily, she had begun writing this book (with the current plot) in seventh grade. She tried two other plots for Amanda Unt before deciding on the current plot. She likes writing realistic fiction best because she gets ideas wherever she goes, especially school. She also plays the violin and the viola (from where Amanda's violin interests came from), and used this to help fund her book (by helping younger kids practice their instrument, listed above). She loves to write, and already has story ideas for future books.