Jeanne Birdsall is the National Book Award-winning author of The Penderwicks and its sequel,The Penderwicks on Gardam Street (Knopf), both of which were also New York Times bestsellers. She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts with her husband, three insane cats, and a stubborn Boston terrier named Cagney. Visit her website atwww.jeannebirdsall.com.
Matt Phelan is the illustrator of the Newbery Award winner The Higher Power of Lucky and its sequel,Lucky Breaks (Atheneum), both by Susan Patron, as well as the Harcourt booksVery Hairy Bear by Alice Schertle and Big George by Ann Rockwell. He lives in Philadelphia. You can visit his website atwww.mattphelan.com.