MarÃa Teresa Andruetto was born in 1954 in Arroyo Cabral, Cordoba, a province in Argentina. She studied Literature at the National Univeristy of CÃ³rdoba specializing in children's and young adult literature. She worked as editor at Piedra Libre, a literary magazine for children and adolescents, and was a founding member and director of a research centre for children's and youth literature, She has published across a wide range of genres including fiction, short stories, poetry, play, childrenâ€™s books and young adult novels. Her first novel Stefano (1997) tells the story of Stefano, who in the 1940's migrated to Argentina to escape the miserable conditions of his life in the Italian Piemont. Other works include The woman in question ( 2009) and Mother Tongue ( 2010), The girl, heart and the house (Sudamericana, 2011), All motion is hunting ( 2012), a books of poems Words to embers (1993), Pavese (1998), Kodak (2001) and Beatrice (2005) (From the dock, 2008), Rack ( 2010) and American Dream ( , 2009) and numerous books for children and youth, including Those who are enchanted Ring (1993), Footprints in the Sand (1998), Woman Vampire (2001), El Pais, John (2005), The lilac tree (2006), Train (2009), Fire (2009), Champion (2010), The Sleeping (2010), Solgo (2011) and Miniatures (2011). She has won the Luis de Tejeda Award 1993, National Endowment for the Arts 2002 and in 2011 was a finalist for the Romulo Gallegos Prize for her novel Mother Tongue. She has also been listed on the Honor Roll for the American Award for Lifetime Achievement in Children's Literature in 2009 and the 2012 Hans Christian Andersen Award. She has two daughters and lives with her husband in an area of the mountains of CÃ³rdoba.