Laurie Friedman is the author of many award-winning books for children. She writes the popular Mallory books, a series of chapter books for 7-10 year olds. Critics have praised the Mallory books, saying that Mallory deserves a place beside Judy Moody, Amber Brown, and Junie B. Jones. Laurie is also the author of numerous picture books including Love Ruby Valentine; I'm Not Afraid of this Haunted House; and Thanksgiving Rules. Laurie lives in Miami with her husband, two children, and her dog, Ollie.
Jennifer Kalis graduated with a BFA in illustration from the Maryland Institute, College of Art in 1999. She has been a freelance illustrator for 10 years and currently lives in Powell, Ohio, with her husband and 2 young children.