David Almond has received several major international awards, including a Hans Christian Andersen Award, a Carnegie Medal, two Whitbread Awards, an Eleanor Farjeon Award, and a Michael L. Printz Award. He is the author of The Tightrope Walkers, The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean, Skellig, Clay, and many other novels, stories, and plays. His many books for younger readers include The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers; The Savage, Slog's Dad, and Mouse Bird Snake Wolf, illustrated by Dave McKean; and My Dad's a Birdman and The Boy Who Climbed Into the Moon, illustrated by Polly Dunbar. David Almond lives in England with his family.
John Boyne is the author of Crippen, The Thief of Time, Next of Kin, and the New York Times and internationally bestselling The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. Boyne won two Irish Book Awards (the People's Choice and the Children's) for The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, which was made into a Miramax feature film, and his novels have been translated into more than thirty languages. Ireland's Sunday Business Post named him one of the forty people under forty in Ireland likely to be the movers and shakers who will define the country's culture, politics, style and economics in 2005 and beyond. Crippen was nominated for the Sunday Independent Hughes & Hughes Irish Novel of the Year Award. He lives with his partner in Dublin.
Timothee de Fombelle is a popular French playwright who has achieved international success as a novelist with his debut, Toby Alone, and its sequel, Toby and the Secrets of the Tree. He has worked as a teacher and in 1990 set up his own theater company. Timothee de Fombelle lives with his family in Paris.
A.L. Kennedy is a multiple prize-winning author. She has written 14 books, including novels, short story collections and non-fiction and her 2007 novel Day was named Costa Book of the Year at the Costa Book Awards. She is a regular writer for The Guardian and her columns on writing are collected in her most recent book On Writing (2013).
Marcus Sedgwick was born and raised in Kent in South East England, but now lives in the French Alps. His books have won and been shortlisted for many awards; most notably, he has been shortlisted for Britain's Carnegie Medal six times, has received two Printz Honors, for Revolver and Ghosts of Heaven, and in 2013 won the Printz Award for Midwinterblood.
Tracy Chevalier is the author of the New York Times bestsellers At the Edge of the Orchard and Girl with a Pearl Earring, among others. She lives in London.
J. D. Jackson is a theater professor, aspiring stage director, and award-winning audiobook narrator. He is a classically trained actor, and his television and film credits include roles on House, ER, Law & Order, Hack, Sherrybaby, Diary of a City Priest, and Lucky Number Slevin. He is the recipient of more than a dozen Earphones Awards for narration and an Odyssey Honor for G. Neri's Ghetto Cowboy, and he was also named one of AudioFile magazine's Best Voices of the Year for 2012 and 2013. An adjunct professor at Los Angeles Southwest College, he has an MFA in theater from Temple University.
Nick Podehl has been named a Best Voice by AudioFile magazine in 2010 and 2011. He has narrated many young adult, fantasy and romance titles, several of which have won awards, and has appeared in a number of theatrical productions and independent films.