Durst, Sarah Beth

Durst, Sarah Beth

Sarah Beth Durst is the award-winning author of eleven fantasy novels for kids, teens, and adults, including Drink Slay Love, the basis for the upcoming TV movie of the same name, airing on Lifetime in 2017. Her next book for kids, Journey Across the Hidden Islands, comes out in April 2017 from HMH/Clarion Books, and her first picture book, Roar and Sparkles Go to School, comes out in June 2017 from Running Press Kids. Sarah lives in Stony Brook, New York, with her husband, her children, and her ill-mannered cat. For more information, visit her at sarahbethdurst.com. www.sarahbethdurst.com

3 Fun Facts

1. I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was 10 years old. (Before that, I wanted to be Wonder Woman.)
2. I love pizza, hot chocolate, and Raisinets
3. I’m afraid of skunks and Frisbees

Donnelly, Jennifer

Donnelly, Jennifer

Jennifer Donnelly is the author of eight acclaimed novels for YA and middle-grade readers: the current bestseller Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book; These Shallow Graves; Sea Spell; Dark Tide; Rogue Wave; Deep Blue; Revolution; and A Northern Light, winner numerous literary awards including the Britain’s Carnegie Medal and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.  She grew up in New York State, in Lewis and Westchester counties, and currently lives in the Hudson Valley. www.jenniferdonnelly.com

3 Fun Facts

1. I wish I had a kangaroo.
2. I live for dark chocolate.
3. I think Hudson, NY is one of the coolest towns on the planet.

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!

Davis, Jacky

Davis, Jacky

David Soman and Jacky Davis are a husband-and-wife creative team. They write the Ladybug Girl books together and Mr. Soman illustrates. The books are inspired by their own children and family experiences. Jacky Davis’s first non-Ladybug Girl picture book, Black Belt Bunny, illustrated by Jay Fleck, will be published in Summer 2017. www.ladybuggirl.com

Devine, Eric

Devine, Eric

Eric Devine is the author of multiple works of Young Adult fiction, most recently, Look Past. He is also a veteran high school English teacher who spends as much time teaching as he does completing field research for his novels. His work has been listed by YALSA and Booklist for reluctant readers and for Best in Sports. He is married to his high school sweetheart, and his wife and he have two wonderful daughters and two not-so-wonderful Labradors. Find out more at ericdevine.org, facebook.com/ericdevineauthor, or Twitter: @eric_devine  www.ericdevine.org

3 Fun Facts

1. I only write while listening to white noise
2. Married to my high school sweetheart
3. I have a dog named after Miley Cyrus

deGroat, Diane

deGroat, Diane

Diane deGroat has been illustrating children’s books since 1972, with over 150 books to her credit. She has done artwork for many well-known authors, including Eve Bunting, Lois Lowry, and Food Network star Ree Drummond. She also writes and illustrates the “Gilbert and Friends” series, which includes

Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink, and Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet..Roses

She lives in Amherst, MA. www.dianedegroat.com

3 Fun Facts

1. I don’t like the color orange.

2. I do like to listen to audio books when I ride my bike. Fortunately, I’ve never fallen off when I hear the funny parts. I just laugh out loud as I zoom along. Like a crazy person.

3. I don’t like to drink anything with bubbles.

Degen, Bruce

Degen, Bruce

Bruce Degen is the co-creator of The Magic School Bus Series with Joanna Cole.

Bruce Degen is also well known for his own books, such as Jamberry, Daddy Is A Doodlebug, and Sailaway Home, I Gotta Draw, and I Said ‘Bed’ which he wrote and illustrated, and for illustrating series such as Commander Toad in Space, written by Jane Yolen, and the Jesse Bear Series written by Nancy White Carlstrom.

Bruce Degen was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1945.  He used to live in Brooklyn, and now he lives in an old farmhouse in Connecticut.  You can take the boy out of Brooklyn, but you can never cure that accent.

3 Fun Facts

1. I was the Skelley Champ of Tapscott Street

2. Skelley is a game played on a court that you draw on the sidewalk with white chalk. The playing pieces are made from used bottle caps by melting old pieces of crayola crayons with a candle to weight the piece and to mark your color.  You shoot the pieces with your fingers and try to get through all the numbers without landing in the box with the skull.

3.  I lie about being the Skelley Champ, the Stoopball Champ, and the Boxball Champ of Tapscott Street.  My cousin, David, was much better than me.  And he was 2 years younger.  And he lived next door.