S.S. Taylor (Sarah Stewart Taylor) is author of the popular Expeditioners series of young adult / middle grade books set in a future without electricity or computers, where explorers race to discover new lands and maps have new importance. The series began with The Expeditioners and the Treasure of Drowned Man's Canyon, in which the children of disappeared explorer Alexander West set out to unravel the mystery of half a secret map he left behind. The second in the series, The Expeditioners and the Secret of King Triton's Lair, was published in September and begins with another map mystery, this time leading to the Caribbean and a deadly, hidden Island.
The first Expeditioners book was a nominee on the 2013-2014 Dorothy Canfield Fisher list - the Vermont Public Radio Dorothy's List series featured an interview with S.S. Taylor here. You can read the first chapter on the Expeditioners website.
The second book is being warmly welcomed, including by this 9 year old reviewer.
S.S. Taylor is also a talented writing teacher. She was a founder of the Writers Center in White River Junction, and is a faculty member at the Center for Cartoon Studies. She also writes about writing, including this New York Times Motherlode blog post ("When Parents Kill Parents in the Name of Literature"), and reading, including this recent She Knows article about nurturing a love of reading.
P.S. Even though we're featuring S.S. Taylor's children's writing here, it's worth noting that before The Expeditioners she wrote a great series of mysteries as Sarah Stewart Taylor featuring art historian Sweeney St. George.