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.
Peter Burchardis the author of more than twenty-five books -- both fiction and nonfiction -- for young readers and adults. The last of these isLincoln and Slavery,published in 1999. He is the author ofOne Gallant Rush: Robert Gould Shaw and His Brave Black Regiment,a major historical source for the motion pictureGlory,which won three Academy Awards. Two of his books were ALA Notable Books and theNew York Timeshas praised him highly, saying that "he uses historical fact with skill" and has "a splendid facility for characterization." He lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts.