Born: April 21, 1969
Ohio connection: Resident
Born on April 21, 1969, Tracie Vaughn Zimmer and her identical twin sister, Trish grew up in West Chester, Ohio, where three generations of her family still reside. Vaughn Zimmer majored in Special Education at The Ohio State University earning a B.A. and received her master’s degree in reading from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio). She lived in Virginia where she wrote her first book, Sketches from a Spy Tree, in 2005 and North Carolina for several years before returning to her Ohio hometown. Zimmer lives with her two children near Cincinnati and teaches at her alma mater in the Lakota Local School District.
The Schneider Family Book Award for Reaching for Sun ; New York Pubic Library Best Book for Reading and Sharing for Sketches from a Spy Tree ; Finalist New York State's Charlotte Award for 42 Miles; Finalist for Ohioana Book Award for The Floating Circus .