Award-winning author Christopher Kurtz began his writing career by collaborating with his big sister, Jane Kurtz, to craft two picture books, Only a Pigeon (Simon & Schuster) and Water Hole Waiting (Greenwillow), a book School Library Journal called one of the best books of the year and a "gem for writing teachers." In 2010, Chris published a young middle grade novel, The Pup Who Cried Wolf (Bloomsbury) and is now finishing revision on a middle grade novel, The Adventures of a South Pole Pig (Harcourt). Chris lives in Portland, Oregon, with his family and his dog, Penny, who reminds Chris every day that he is the very best human ever! (Dogs always tell the truth, right?) When he has to go to work, (and Penny is not happy about this) Chris job shares teaching third grade, speaks in schools to children about how to turn their life experiences into stories, and volunteers for Ethiopia Reads, a nonprofit planting children's libraries in Ethiopia.