"I was born in New York City on October 19, 1955. When I was about a year old, my family moved to Newark, New Jersey, where I spent my childhood. I attended Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, graduating in 1977 with a degree in psychology. After spending a few unhappy years in graduate school, I decided that psychology was not for me. What I really wanted to do, I decided, was to be a writer. Finally, after many years of writing, I figured out what my career should be – writing fiction for kids. For the first time, I felt that I was doing something I was good at, something that was fun, creatively rewarding, and appreciated by an audience.
Kids often tell me that my books make them laugh. This is funny to me, because writing humor was what I wanted to do when I got started back in 1980! It just took me a while to figure out the best way to do it. I am a member of SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators). Today I live in New York City with my wife Nina."
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Excerpt - Explain Chapter 2, how Coke and Pepsi got their names: pg 2 “From the start...”- 3 “It was perfect!"; pg 7-12 “don’t scream...danger.” (end of first paragraph); pg 12-14; pg 46-48; pg 53 (It was depressing…)-61