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About the Author
Lesléa Newman was born in Brooklyn, New York. She has been writing stories and poems since she was six years old and has had many children's books published. She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Maria Mola has illustrated picture books for publishers in both Europe and the United States, and her images are notable for their expressiveness and sense of whimsy. Mola was drawn to the story in Sparkle Boy because she believes it addresses a socially important topic. A native of Barcelona, Spain, Mola now lives in Boston, Massachusetts, with her husband and their two sons. You can visit her online at mariamola.com.