As a girl, I spent a lot of time with my grandmother. It was okay . . . maybe a little boring . . . until one day she took a box from the top shelf of the hall closet and set it on the floor. Inside was a treasure. Picture after picture emerged from the box, and with every picture came a new adventure. At that moment, she amazed me with all the exciting escapades she had lived through as a kid in the 1920’s,  not experiences in a mall or at the movies but real-life endangerment and true bodily peril! At one  point, she lived on a million-acre ranch in the Altiplano of the Andes Mountains. I’m talking gunfights and gauchos here! She helped perform surgery on a kitchen table to remove a bullet from a gaucho at  the age of twelve! She spoke five different languages (I’m not quite so bright). My grandmother was  one of the most interesting people I have ever met. Many years have passed, but I still remember the  stories. I wrote Scamp and the Legend of Laguna Verde to share those stories with you. GS Felton  loves history, quests, and searching for clues. She also loves sailing on the ocean and navigating  waterways, making her own mini adventures. When not on the water, she and her family live in  Southside, Virginia.