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Jane Sutcliffe is the author of more than two dozen books for young readers, including Leonardo's Monster, also published by Pelican. Fascinated by biographies since she was a child, she has written about Walt Disney, Paul Revere, Amelia Earhart, and John F. Kennedy. Her award-winning historical and biographical articles for children have been featured in such publications as Boy's Life and Highlights for Children.
Sutcliffe is an active member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. She lives on a farm in Tolland, Connecticut, with her husband, two sons, and their dog, Willy.
Craig Kodera is a professional artist and retired commercial pilot. Kodera has a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, and served in the Air Force Reserve for eight years. His ability to combine his talents in art with his interests in aviation have earned him the R.G. Smith Award for excellence in naval aviation art for 2001 and the Best of the Best award from Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine for 2000. Kodera's work can be found in such locations as the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, the National Naval Aviation Museum, and the San Diego Air and Space Museum.
Kodera grew up with family stories about Adm. Chester Nimitz. For the final eighteen months of World War II, Kodera's uncle, Air Force officer John A. Hilger, served on Nimitz's planning staff before retiring as a brigadier general. Kodera has previously illustrated A Dream of Pilots, published by Pelican. He has served as the charter vice president of the American Society of Aviation Artists and lives in Clermont, Florida.