Bruce Brooks was born in Richmond, Virginia on September 23, 1950. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1972 and from the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop in 1980. He has worked as a newspaper reporter, a magazine writer, newsletter editor, movie critic, teacher and lecturer. He has written several children's books including Everywhere, Midnight Hour Encores, Asylum for Nightface, Vanishing, No Kidding, and Throwing Smoke. He has received the Newbery Honor twice, first for The Moves Make the Man in 1985 and then for What Hearts in 1992.