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Award-winning author Neal Shusterman grew up in Brooklyn, New York, where he began writing at an early age. After spending his junior and senior years of high school at the American School of Mexico City, Neal went on to UC Irvine, where he made his mark on the UCI swim team, and wrote a successful humor column. Within a year of graduating, he had his first book deal, and was hired to write a movie script.
Mike Wohnoutka is the acclaimed illustrator of more than 20 children's books. His books include MOO!, an ALA Notable Book and Little Puppy and the Big Green Monster, which is his first book as both author and illustrator. His other titles have won numerous awards, including the National Jewish Book Award, Society of Illustrators Original Art Show, and the Beverly Cleary Children's Choice Award. A graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design, Mike lives with his wife and two children in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Kate Messner is an award-winning author whose books for kids have been New York Times Notable, Junior Library Guild, IndieBound, and Bank Street College of Education Best Books selections. The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z. was the winner of the 2010 E.B. White Read Aloud Award for Older Readers. Kate also spent fifteen years teaching middle school and earned National Board Certification in 2006. She lives on Lake Champlain with her family and loves spending time outside, whether it’s kayaking in the summer or skating on the frozen lake when the temperatures drop.
David LaRochelle has been creating books for young people for over twenty-five years. His many picture book titles include The Best Pet of All, How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans, and Moo! He is the recipient of the Sid Fleischman Humor Award, multiple children’s choice awards, and a three-time winner of the Minnesota Book Award. A former elementary school teacher, David still visits many classrooms around the Midwest (and world!) each year, talking with students about books, writing, and illustrating. When he is not creating new books, he loves to read, play board games, and carve unique jack-o’-lanterns, which you can view at his website davidlarochelle.com.
Sara Pennypacker is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of Pax, and seventeen more children's books including the Waylon series, the Clementine series, Summer of the Gypsy Moths, Meet the Dullards, Pierre in Love, Sparrow Girl, and The Amazing World of Stuart. She has also contributed four books to the venerable Flat Stanley series.She speaks about writing children’s books at elementary schools, conferences, festivals and college programs. Learn more about Sara at: http://www.SaraPennypacker.com/
Margi Preus is a New York Times bestselling author of several books for young readers, including the Newbery Honor book, Heart of a Samurai, the Minnesota Book Award winning West of the Moon, and Shadow on the Mountain, a Notable Book for a Global Society. New in 2015 is Enchantment Lake, a northwoods mystery, and The Bamboo Sword, which Bookpage says is “historical fiction at its best.”
Lynne Jonell is the author of four novels, four chapter books, and seven picture books for children, published by Henry Holt, Random House, and Penguin/Putnam. Her first novel, Emmy & the Incredible Shrinking Rat, won the Minnesota Book Award, and her third novel, The Secret of Zoom, is a Junior Library Guild Selection and was bought by President Obama for his daughters. Her first chapter book, Hamster Magic, was nominated for the Texas Bluebonnet Award and the Minnesota Book Award, and is the first in a planned series of twelve.
Chris Grabenstein is the author of the New York Times bestseller ESCAPE FROM MR. LEMONCELLO'S LIBRARY and the co-author (with James Patterson) of the #1 Bestsellers I FUNNY, I EVEN FUNNIER, and TREASURE HUNTERS.
Winner of two Anthony and four Agatha Awards, Chris writes fast-paced and fun page-turners for children and adults. He's also a playwright and screenwriter not to mention a former advertising executive and improvisational comedian. Sometimes he sleeps.