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About the Author
Ralph Fletcher is a friend of writing teachers everywhere. Born in Plymouth, Massachusetts, he received his bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College and his master's degree from Columbia University.
A former member of the Teachers College Writing Project, he is currently an author and consultant. He is the author or coauthor with his wife, JoAnnn Portalupi, of numerous professional books and videos.
"It has been said that a writer needs to specialize. Alas, I never did that," says Ralph about his prolific writing career. He has written all kinds of books for kids, including poetry, picture books, and chapter books. "I am a restless kind of person," he admits. "I don't want to feel confined to any one genre or audience. I guess I am a prolific writer, but I'd rather be remembered as an author of quality than quantity."
Ralph speaks at national conferences around the United States and abroad. He also conducts his own one-day seminars and does occasional author visits to schools.
Ralph and JoAnn have four sons. He grows orchids and giant pumpkins, enjoys reading, travel, movies, dark chocolate, and oaky chardonnay. He says, "I was a Boston Red Sox fan long before it was trendy to be one."
"More thoughtful and poignant than most school stories . . . with comic moments, demonstrates an utter respect for its . . . readers."--The Horn Book Magazine
" Fletcher expertly balances a wide variety of emotions, giving readers a story that is by turns sad, poignant, and funny. . . . " --Booklist, Starred
" More thoughtful and poignant than most school stories . . . with comic moments, demonstrates an utter respect for its . . . readers." --The Horn Book Magazine