Shawn Goodman is a writer and school psychologist. His experiences working in several New York State juvenile detention facilities inspired the young adult novels Kindness for Weakness and Something Like Hope, winner of the 2009 Delacorte Contest. He has been an outspoken advocate for juvenile justice reform, and has written and lectured on issues related to special education, foster care, and literacy. Shawn lives in Ithaca with his wife and children.