Carol Ryrie Brink was born on December 28, 1895 in Moscow, Idaho. She attended the Universities of Idaho and California Berkeley, from which she graduated in 1918. She met and married Raymond Brink, a mathematician at the University of Minnesota. She was an orphan, raised by her aunt and grandmother, and grew up listening to their stories.
Caddie Woodlawn (1935) is based on Ms. Brink's grandmother's childhood in Wisconsin. She wrote more than thirty books for children and adults, as well as several plays. Ms. Brink was awarded the Newbery Medal in 1936 for Caddie Woodlawn. She won the Kerlan Award in 1978 for Four Girls on a Homestead. Carol Brink died in 1981.