Paulette Bourgeois was born July 20, 1951 in Winnepeg , Canada. She graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1974 with a B.Sc. and worked briefly as an occupational therapist before returning to Carleton University to study journalism. She has worked in television and print before writing her first book, Franklin in the Dark. Although Paulette is best-known for the Franklinthe Turtle books, she is also the writer of fiction and non-fiction for young readers. Her book, The Sun: Starting with Space was shortlisted for a Science in Society Book Award (1995), given by the Canadian Science Writer's Association, and won the honor of Parents' Choice Approval, given by the US Parents' Choice Foundation (1997).