J. D. Vaughn is the pen name of Julia Durango and Tracie Vaughn, two friends who are also writing partners. Together they’ve written the middle grade novel The Second Guard, and its sequel, The Shadow Guard. Julia is a former school librarian from Illinois and a winner of the Golden Kite Award. Tracie, a high school English teacher from Ohio, has also received critical acclaim, including the Schneider Family Book Award. Together they share a love of travel, reading, chicken biscuits, and the teenagers who call them Mom.