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Dee, Barbara

Dee, Barbara

Barbara Dee’s seventh middle grade novel, STAR-CROSSED, publishes in March, 2017. She is also the author of TRUTH OR DARE, THE (ALMOST) PERFECT GUIDE TO IMPERFECT BOYS, TRAUMA QUEEN, THIS IS ME FROM NOW ON, SOLVING ZOE and JUST ANOTHER DAY IN MY INSANELY REAL LIFE. Her next middle grade novel, HALFWAY NORMAL, will be published December, 2017. Barbara is one of the founders and directors of the Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival. Visit her at www.BarbaraDeeBooks.com.

3 Fun Facts

1. TRUTH OR DARE was published September 2016. HALFWAY NORMAL is coming out December 2017.
2. Whenever I have writer’s block, I take my rescue coonhound, Ripley, for a long, energetic walk.
3. I’m obsessed with the band Radiohead. Seeing them in concert was the highlight of 2016 for me!

Walton, K.M.

Walton, K.M.

K.M. Walton is the author of Cracked, Empty, and Ultimatum. She’s editing and contributing to her Behind the Song anthology (Sourcebooks Fire 9/2017). K.M. co-authored Teaching Numeracy: 9 Critical Habits to Ignite Mathematical Thinking for mathematics teachers K-8. She graduated from West Chester University with a degree in elementary education and taught middle school language arts. She’s so passionate about acceptance that she gives school presentations—middle school through university level—titled: “The Power of Human Kindness.” K.M. lives in PA with her husband, two sons, and cat. Visit the author at kmwalton.com or follow her on twitter @kmwalton1.

3 Fun Facts

1. I’ve read every issue of Entertainment Weekly magazine—cover to cover—since the very first issue.
2. I collect Christmas nutcrackers.
3. My hair is naturally curly.

Craft, Jerry

Craft, Jerry

Jerry Craft has illustrated and written close to two dozen children’s books and middle grade novels, including “The Offenders: Saving the World While Serving Detention!” co-written with his two teenage sons, Jaylen and Aren. It’s an adventure story that teaches kids about the effects of bullying. Jerry is the creator of Mama’s Boyz, an award-winning comic strip that was distributed by King Features from 1995 – 2013. He also illustrated “The Zero Degree Zombie Zone” for Scholastic and is currently writing an illustrating a graphic novel for Andrews McMeel due out in early 2017. www.jerrycraft.net

3 Fun Facts

1. I met Queen Elizabeth when I was a kid.
2. I’ve done a syndicated comic strip, a comic book, a picture book and a middle grade novel.
3. My newest book was written with my two sons.Lisa Dolan & Jennifer Clark, Co-Directors

Wenzel, Brendan

Wenzel, Brendan

Brendan Wenzel is a New York based illustrator, whose work has appeared in picture books, animations and magazines. An ardent conservationist, he is a proud collaborator with many organizations working to ensure the future of wild places and threatened species, especially within South East Asia. He has illustrated several books including Some Bugs by Angela Diterlizzi, One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree by Daniel Bernstrom and his 2016 release, They All Saw a Catwww.brendanwenzel.info

3 Fun Facts

1. When I was a kid a pig lived in my house.
2. My parents are also artists
3. I am a big fan of the natural world

Chappell, Crissa-Jean

Chappell, Crissa-Jean

Crissa-Jean Chappell was born in Miami and now lives in Brooklyn, New York. Her debut young adult novel, TOTAL CONSTANT ORDER (HarperTeen) is a NYPL Book For The Teen Age and a VOYA Perfect Ten. Chappell’s second novel, NARC (Flux Books) is currently optioned for film. MORE THAN GOOD ENOUGH (Flux Books) is a Florida Book Awards medalist, which Kirkus calls, “compelling and emotionally nuanced.” Chappell’s newest YA novel is SNOWBIRDS (Merit Press, F+W Media, winter 2017). She holds a PhD and MFA from the University of Miami and has taught creative writing and cinema studies for over ten years. www.crissajeanchappell.com

3 Fun Fact

1. When I hear music, I can taste colors and shapes.
2. I grew up in Miami, Florida and lived through several big hurricanes (including Andrew, a category 5 storm).
3. If I feel homesick, I talk to the wild parrots in Prospect Park.

Bennett, Artie

Bennett, Artie

Artie Bennett is an executive copy editor by day and he writes a little on the side (but not the backside!). He would be hailed as “the Dr. Seuss of your caboose” for The Butt Book, his first “mature” work. His “number two” book, most fittingly, was Poopendous! His third was Peter Panda Melts Down!, an adorable departure from butts and poop. But Artie got right back on track with the uproarious—and educational!—Belches, Burps, and Farts—Oh My! He lives deep in the bowels of Brooklyn, New York, where he spends his time moving his car to satisfy the rigorous demands of alternate-side-of-the-street parking and shaking his fist at his neighbors. They shake their fists back.

The Show Me Librarian says: “Bennett’s use of rhyme is excellent; his stanzas flow and exude joviality in a manner that few writers since Dr. Seuss have truly mastered. Simply put, these books are a joy.” Visit ArtieBennett.com . . . before someone else does!

3 Fun Facts

1. My all-time favorite film is The Wizard of Oz. I delight in seeing it as often as I can. The title of Belches, Burps, and Farts—Oh My! is drawn from the memorable scene “Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!” Dorothy, the Tin Man, and the Scarecrow chant this phrase to comfort themselves as they fearfully pass through the spooky forest on their way to the Emerald City. It’s my tribute to a very special film.
2. I grew up playing stickball on the rough-and-tumble streets of Flatbush, in Brooklyn, and would occasionally light into a Spaldeen, sending it soaring a healthy three sewers, quite a pop for a bookish kid!
3. I’ve kept a litany of lists since boyhood of all the colorful, eccentric, and remarkable words I’ve encountered. It would give me the collywobbles, though, if you call me a “pilgarlic.”

Mojica, Barbara Ann

Mojica, Barbara Ann

Barbara Ann Mojica is a historian and retired educator with forty years experience as a teacher, principal and school administrator. She writes historical articles for the Columbia Insider under the banner “Passages.” Using the whimsical Little Miss History character, Barbara hopes to inspire children to learn about historical people and places. Little Miss History’s antics make reading nonfiction a fun-filled adventure for all ages. LittleMissHISTORY.com

3 Fun Facts

1. My research is organized but my desk is messy!
2. I took tap dancing lessons with a Rockette from Radio City Music Hall.
3. I like to read a lot. Last year, I read and reviewed 164 books.

Mojica, Victor Ramon

Mojica, Victor Ramon

Illustrator, cartoonist, writer and publisher, Victor has produced comic strips, comic books, coloring books, children’s books, authored web-sites, written poetry and screenplays. He is best known for his critically acclaimed, comic book series eugenus® … The Next Step In Human Evolution!, and for his Captain Crossbones® comic strip. Victor started his publishing company in 1992. www.eugenus.com

Fun Facts

I once designed wrestling costumes for the wrestlers of the WWE (formally WWF).

Gantos, Jack

Gantos, Jack

JACK GANTOS is the author of forty-nine books for children from the “ROTTEN RALPH” picture books, collections of “JACK HENRY” short stories, upper elementary and middle school “JOEY PIGZA” and “NORVELT” novels, young adult books—LOVE CURSE OF THE RUMBAUGHS, DESIRE LINES, HOLE IN MY LIFE and THE TROUBLE IN ME. His work can lead readers from the cradle to the grave.

Mr. Gantos was a professor at Emerson College where he developed the Master’s Degree Program in Children’s Literature, Writing and Publishing. He now spends his time writing and is an active speaker at book and literacy conferences, schools and libraries. His works have received a Newbery Award, Scott O’Dell Award, Newbery Honor, Printz Honor, Sibert Honor, National Book Award Finalist nomination, and he is the 2010 recipient of the NCTE/ALAN AWARD for his contribution to the field of Young Adult and Children’s Literature. DEAD END IN NORVELT received both the 2012 John Newbery Award and the Scott O’Dell award for Historic Fiction. This was followed by the companion novel, FROM NORVELT TO NOWHERE. THE KEY THAT SWALLOWED JOEY PIGZA, the final book in the “Joey Pigza” series was released in 2014 and nominated for the Kirkus Prize. His most recent book, THE TROUBLE IN ME, is now available.

Jack Gantos will be attending the festival from 10 am – noon.

Maldonado, Torrey

Maldonado, Torrey

Voted a “Top 10 Latino Author” and best Middle Grade and Young Adult novelist for African Americans, Maldonado was recently honored as a top teacher by NYC’s schools Chancellor. His work builds boys into multidimensional males and youth into global, caring citizens. Before teaching, he trained schools to implement Conflict Resolution programs through the U.S.’s largest victim-services agency. Praised for its timeless feel, his acclaimed novel, Secret Saturdays, made states’ reading lists and is assigned alongside classics and in anti-bullying initiatives. His forthcoming works also are inspired by his and his students’ lives. www.torreymaldonado.com

Ask him about his upcoming Middle Grade book also through Penguin-Random House!