Jack Gantos is the award-winning author of more than 50 books for young readers. He is the creator of the Rotten Ralph picture books, Jack Henry short stories, and the Joey Pigza series. He is also the author of Dead End in Norvelt (a Newbery Medal winner), From Norvelt to Nowhere, and the young adult novels The Trouble in Me, The Love Curse of the Rumbaughs, and Desire Lines. His memoir, Hole in My Life, received Michael L. Printz and Robert F. Sibert honors. Gantos was a professor of creative writing at Emerson College, where he developed the master’s degree program in children’s literature, writing, and publishing.