Rachel Poliquin writes about animals, mostly. She has written about taxidermied zebras, heroic sled dogs and 800 000 jars of pickled fish. But she particularly likes celebrating unexpected animal heroes — the lowly, lumpy, supposedly boring but quietly extraordinary. She is the author of Beastly Puzzles: A Brain-Boggling Animal Guessing Game 2019 and the critically-acclaimed Superpower Field Guide Series for children, including Beavers 2018 and Moles 2019. Poliquin has a Ph.D. in the history of science and has a background in visual arts, cultural history and natural history. She lives in Vancouver with her husband and three children.