Clyde Robert Bulla was born in King City, Missouri in 1914. His first school was a one-room country house. He started out writing stories. After numerous rejections, he finally sold a story to a pulp magazine. He sold more stories to magazines to earn money. He eventually turned to writing children's books. Bulla's first children's book "The Donkey Cart," was published in 1946. He has published over 80 titles including "Squanto: Friend of the Pilgrims," "The Chalk Box Kid," "Shoeshine Girl," and "The Sword in the Tree." Bulla currently resides in Missouri.
Leigh Grant has illustrated more than thirty books and hasreceived many awards, including the New York Academy ofSciences prize for Best Science Book. In 1998, she was commissionedto paint a large mural in Christ Church, Greenwich,Connecticut, for the Tricentennial celebration. She lives inNorwalk, Connecticut.
JIM BURKE teaches English at Burlingame High School. He is the author of numerous books, including The English Teacher's Companion, Writing Reminders, Tools for Thought, Illuminating Texts: How to Teach Students to Read the World, Reading Reminders, and I Hear America Reading: Why We Read - What We Read, all of which are published by Heinemann. He is also the author of The Reader&rsquo