Allen Zadoff's first YA, Food, Girls, andOther Things I Can't Have, was published by Egmont in 2009 and was a 2010 recipient of the Sid Fleishchman Humor Award. His adult memoir, Hungry, was published in 2007. Allen's YA "lad lit" novel My Life, The Theater, and Other Tragedies was published by Egmont in May2011 and his next YA novel, Since You Left Me, will publish in August 2012. He teaches writing in LA.
Paul Zindel was born on Staten Island, New York, where he spent ten years working as a chemistry teacher before becoming a writer. His first book, The Pigman, was published in 1969 to massive acclaim. He has since written over a dozen more novels and established himself as one of the strongest writers in his field. In 1971 he won the Pulitzer Prize for drama for The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds and published an autobiographical account of his formative years, The Pigman and Me. Paul Zindel has two grown-up children, David and Lizabeth, and lives in Montague, New Jersey.
Tomislav Zlatic was born in Croatia. After high school he enrolled in the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. Tom started illustrating to earn some pocket money, and an occasional hobby turned into a career as an illustrator (a refreshing, useful job indeed) in 2002. Tom really likes to draw and to experiment with all sorts of media and techniques, always hoping to surprise himself. He lives in Croatia with his girlfriend and a very active cat.
As well as writing over forty books for children, teenagers and adults, Jonny Zucker worked as a teacher, composed songs for a children's theatre company, and tried his hand at stand-up comedy. Jonny died in 2016, and will be remembered for his humour and his commitment to great stories for children.