Luanne Rice is the New York Times bestselling author of 32 novels that have been translated into 24 languages. Her next YA novel, The Beautiful Lost, will be out from Scholastic in 2017. The Secret Language of Sisters, was her first YA book. Rice’s books often center on love, family, nature and the sea. In 2002, Connecticut College awarded Rice an honorary degree. Her papers are located in the college's Special Collections Library. She has also received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from St. Joseph College in West Hartford, Conn. In June 2014, she received the 2014 Connecticut Governor’s Arts Award in the Literary Arts category for excellence and lifetime achievement as a literary artist.