Maria José Ferrada is a writer and a journalist. Her children’s books have been published in Chile, Spain, Argentina, Colombia, Mexico and Brazil. Among the prizes she’s been awarded there are Premio Academia Chilena de la Lengua, Premio Poesía para Niños Ciudad de Orihuela, Premio Marta Brunet del Consejo del Libro y la Lectura, Premio de Literatura Municipalidad de Santiago. Her book Niños, dedicated to the children who were killed or made disappear during Chile’s dictatorship, was selected as representative for Chile in Ibby international catalogue. In 2017, Un jardín gained the special mention for the Fiction section of Bologna Ragazzi Award. Il segreto delle cose is her first book in Italian.