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Holly-Jane Rahlens, a born New Yorker, grew up in Brooklyn and Queens and graduated from Queens College. Soon after graduation she moved to Berlin, where she has lived virtually all her adult life. While remaining an American citizen, she has flourished in the German media world, working in radio, television, and film, and creating a series of highly praised one-woman shows. She is the author of six novels: two for adults, two for young adults, and two for all ages. In 2003 her first novel for teens, Prince William, Maximilian Minsky and Me, earned the prestigious Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis as the best young adult novel published in Germany. In 2006 the Association of Jewish Libraries named it a Sydney Taylor Honor Book. It has since been published in fifteen countries, in seven languages, and was adapted in 2007 into the motion picture Max Minsky and Me, which has since earned prizes around the world. Rahlens is presently working on a futuristic novel for adults and the movie adaptation of her second novel for teens, How to Really Kiss. Rahlens lives in Berlin with her husband and her adolescent son.