McCarthy, Deirdre

McCarthy, Deirdre

Deirdre McCarthy has earned a Master of Science in Education, with distinction. In addition, she has earned a certification, Certified Financial Education Instructor, through the National Educator’s Council. Currently, Deirdre is a teacher in the Hudson Junior High School. In addition, she has a financial literacy company for children, Counting with Common Cents. In her free time, Deirdre loves spending time with her family and dog. www.countingwithcommoncents.com

3 Fun Facts

1. In sixth grade, I modeled for a book cover that Diane de Groat created.
2. I am a teacher in the Hudson City School District.
3. I love spending my free time with my family and dog.

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 an award-winning, bestselling author who writes for middle-graders, young adults and grown-ups. She lives in the Hudson Valley with her husband, daughter and their two chiweenies. www.jenniferdonnelly.com

3 Fun Facts

1. Halloween in my favorite holiday.
2. Vultures are my favorite birds.
3. Bats are my favorite animals.

Dee, Barbara

Dee, Barbara

Barbara Dee is the author of nine middle grade novels which tackle sensitive topics. Everything I Know About You (2018) is a JLG selection. Halfway Normal (2017) which earned starred reviews from Kirkus and SLJ, is a 2018 CBC Notable Trade Book for Young People and on state lists in Pennsylvania, Missouri and Vermont. Star-Crossed (2017) is a 2018 ALA Rainbow List Top Ten, a 2018 Goodreads Choice finalist, and on Best of 2017 lists by public libraries of Chicago, Seattle and Cleveland Heights. Maybe He Just Likes You, a “middle school MeToo,” will be published by Aladdin/S&S on 10/1/2019.

2018 ALA Rainbow List Top Ten; Goodreads Choice Finalist; 2018 Vermont State Dorothy Canfield Fisher award list;2018-19 Pennsylvania Keystone to Reading award list (Middle School); 2019-2020 Nominee, Missouri Assn of School Librarians Mark Twain reader award;Chicago Public Library Best Books of 2017; King County (Seattle) Best Books of 2017; Cleveland Heights/University Heights Best Chapter Books of 2017; CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2018; 2018 ILA Young Adults Choices Reading List; CCBC Choices 2018 (Fiction); Junior Library Guild; Starred reviews, SLJ, PW, Kirkus,

Visit her at www.BarbaraDeeBooks.com.

3 Fun Facts

1. My next middle grade novel, MAYBE HE JUST LIKES YOU, will be out Sept 3, 2019. It’s a #MeToo story set in middle school, and I think it will start some important conversations!
2. Whenever I’m stuck writing, I take my dog Ripley on a long walk.
3. I’m obsessed with the band Radiohead.

Davis, Jacky

Davis, Jacky

Jacky and David, are the creators of the New York Time’s Best-Selling LADYBUG GIRL series. They live with their two children and rescue dog in Rosendale, NY. www.ladybuggirl.com

3 Fun Facts

1.Our dog, Pico, is a very messy drinker.
2. Ladybug Girl is based on our daughter who is now 16, and Bumblebee Boy is based on our 14 year old son.
3. If you ask David he’ll share his trade secret- of how to draw a tutu.

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 have a dog named after Miley Cyrus
2. I cannot live without coffee
3. I have been mistaken for G-Eazy

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 the Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond. Since1995, she has been writing and illustrating her own stories. Her picture books about Gilbert the opossum include Roses are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink, a New York Times Best Seller, and Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet. Eleven additional books are in this series, which has won three state children’s choice awards. In 2009, a spin-off series of I Can Read books (HarperCollins) debuted, offering beginner readers their own stories to read about Gilbert and his friends. Ms. deGroat resides in Amherst, MA. www.dianedegroat.com

3 Fun Facts

1. I can write with both hands.
2. I can also write in mirror image.
3. The hardest thing for me to draw is feet. But I can write the word TEEF in mirror image.

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.