With his first novel for young adults, ""Space Station Seventh Grade"", Jerry Spinelli established himself as a writer of stories that reflect the real concerns of adolescents accompanied by wit and humor. His books, including the Newbery-winning ""Maniac Magee"", cover the controversial topics of race relations, gender bias, and even the Holocaust. In ""Jerry Spinelli"", learn more about this popular author's journey as a writer, from his first published poem about sports to the bag of chicken bones that inspired his first published novel.
Tracey Baptiste is the author of the young adult novel Angel's Grace, which was named one of the 100 Best Books for Reading and Sharing in 2005 by New York City public librarians. She has also written the Chelsea House titles Madeleine L'Engle in the Who Wrote That? series and Being a Leader and Making Decisions in the Character Education series.