Michael Northrop’s first novel, Gentlemen, earned him a Publisher’s Weekly Flying Start citation for a notable debut, and his second, Trapped, was named and ALA/YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, an ALA/YALSA Readers’ Choice List slection, and an Indie Next List selection. His recent middle-grade novel, Plunked, was hailed as “pitch-perfect” by School Library Journal and “kid-smart” by USA Today. An editor at Sports Illustrated Kids for many years, he now writes full-time from his home in New York City.
Greg is active in the children’s literature community, serving since 2001 as Webmaster and Assistant Regional Coordinator for the three New England regions of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. In 2006 he founded the Class of 2k7 group of debut children’s and young adult authors and served as mentor for follow-up groups including the Class of 2k8, Class of 2k9, Class of 2k10, Class of 2k11, and upcoming Class of 2k12 and Class of 2k13. He also served as co-director for the 2010 New England SCBWI regional conference, “Moments of Change,” and the 2011 conference, “Celebrating Milestones.”
A lawyer by day and author/illustrator by night, Greg fights a never-ending battle for truth, justice, and fun. He and his wife live in the Boston area with their daughter and two cats of varying temperament
Ann Haywood Leal:
Ann Haywood Leal is an elementary school teacher and the author of Also Known As Harper and A Finders-Keepers Place. She has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and enjoys spending time with her husband, Andy, and daughters, Jessica and Holly. She lives and writes in Waterford, Connecticut.