Dayna Lorentz is the author of Wayward Creatures and Of a Feather (Clarion Books/HarperCollins Children’s Books), the No Safety in Numbers trilogy (Speak/Penguin Random House), and the Dogs of the Drowned City trilogy (Scholastic).

Wayward Creatures is the winner of the 2023 NCTE Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children and a 2023-24 Sunshine State Young Readers Award selection for Grades 6-8. Of a Feather was a finalist for the 2021 New England Book Award for Middle Grade and is a 2023 Magnolia Book Award nominee for Grades 6-8. No Safety in Numbers was selected by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) as a 2013 Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, and the second book in the trilogy, No Easy Way Out, was a Barnes&Noble Bookseller’s Pick for Teens.

Dayna holds an MFA in Creative Writing and Literature from Bennington College. She is also a staff attorney with the Vermont Judiciary and lives with her husband, two kids, and two cats in Vermont. Visit her at and

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Author Dayna Lorentz