Author Biography: Queensland author Gary Crew has an outstanding reputation as a writer of young adult fiction and innovative picture books. His numerous prizes and awards include CBC Book of the Year: Older Readers for Strange Objects and Angel's Gate (1991 and 1994); CBC Picture Book of the Year shortlisting for Lucy's Bay (1993); CBC Picture Book of the Year for First Light (1994) and CBC Picture Book of the Year for The Watertower (1995). Gary was editor of the After Dark series and author of the picture books First Light, The Lost Diamonds of Killiecrankie, Bright Star, The Viewer, Troy Thompson's Excellent Peotry Book, Troy Thompson's Radical Prose Folio, Memorial and Leo theLion Tamer. His previous Lothian YA Fiction titles are Mama's Babies and Dear Venny, Dear Saffron.
About the Illustrator: Craig Smith has an excellent track record as a children's book illustrator. The more recent of his awards include Shortlisted CBC Book of the Year: Younger Readers for Billy the Punk (1996), Shortlisted CBC for Not Again, Dad by Thurley Fowler (1995), Shortlisted CBC for The Giant's Tooth by Gillian Rubinstein (1994), CBC Honour Book for Where's Mum by Libby Gleeson (1993), Honour Book Chicago Book Clinic for The Monkey and the Crocodile by Colin Pearce (1991) and CBC Book of the Year: Younger Readers for Sister Madge's Book of Nuns by Doug McLeod (1986). Craig has also recently illustrated Paul Jennings titles: The Cabbage Patch FIB and The Cabbage Patch War.