Preston McDaniels is the illustrator of Phineas L. MacGuire... Erupts! and Cynthia Rylant's Lighthouse Family series. He lives in Aurora, Nebraska.Frances O'Roark Dowell was born on a military post in Berlin, Germany on May 30, 1964. She received a B.A. from Wake Forest University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing (Poetry) from the University of Massachusetts. She has written numerous books including Where I'd Like to Be, The Secret Language of Girls, The Kind of Friends We Used to Be, Chicken Boy, and Falling In. She also writes the Phineas L. MacGuire series. She has received numerous awards for her work including Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Juvenile Novel for Dovey Coe in 2001, the William Allen White Award for Dovey Coe in 2003, and the Christopher Medal for Shooting the Moon.
Bruce Katz is vice president and founding director of the Metropolitan Policy program at the Brookings Institution. Before joining Brookings he served as chief of staff to then secretary of HUD Henry Cisneros. His books include Reflections on Regionalism(Brookings, 2000) and Taking the High Road: A Metropolitan Agenda for Transportation Reform(Brookings, 2005), which he coedited with Robert Puentes. He is a frequent media commentator on issues of urban and metropolitan policy. Jennifer Bradleyis a fellow in the Metropolitan Policy program at Brookings Institution, where she is codirector of the Great Lakes Economic Initiative. Prior to joining Brookings she was director of the Federalism Project at Community Rights Counsel (now known as the Constitutional Accountability Center). A former journalist, she has written for the New Republicand the Atlantic Monthly.