Claire Datnow was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and wears many colorful hats: nature lover, conservationist, historian, world traveler, teacher, and writer. She is the author of numerous books for young people and adults. Claire earned master’s degrees in education and public history and taught gifted and talented students in the Birmingham, Alabama, public school system. She has received numerous teaching awards, including a Fulbright Memorial Fund teacher scholarship in Japan, the Blanche Dean Award for Environmental Education, the Alabama Nature Conservancy’s Outstanding Nature Educator award, and Birmingham Public Schools Teacher of the Year. In 2019, the Birmingham Audubon Society announced they have named the Audubon-Datnow Forest Preserve, behind Putnam Middle School in Birmingham, to honor Claire for creating a nature trail and outdoor classroom during her tenure.
Claire is a local liaison for her SCBWI chapter and an active member of the Birmingham Audubon Society. Monarch Mysteries is her first book with Star Bright Books. Claire and her husband, Boris, live in Birmingham.
The Sizzling Six is a group of teenage girls who have solved every eco mystery thrown their way. In their newest adventure, monarch butterflies are in grave danger! The town of Mortaburg, Alabama, is threatening to destroy an important local haven for these beautiful insects on their long migration south. The Sizzling Six are in a race against meddling... View Details
Available June 2020 The Sizzling Six are back to solve another environmental issue—this time while spending the summer at a beach cottage in southern Alabama. When one of the worst oil spills in history threatens the critically endangered diamondback terrapins, the Sizzling Six rush into action to help protect them. But as the oil continues to spread... View Details