That Kid in the Back Row - the One with the Red Shirt? He Matters
Gary Schmidt is the author of middle grade novels such as Lizzie Bright and the Buckminister Boy, which won Nerwbery and Printz Honors; The Wednesday Wars, which won a Newbery Honor; and Okay for Now, a National Book Award Finalist and Children's Choice Award winner. He lives in Alto, Michigan, on the old Buck farm, in a house built in the early 1830s; it provides, he thinks, inspiration. He teaches writing, medieval literature, and children's literature at Calvin College, and is on the graduate faculty of Hamline University's MFA program in Writing for Children.