About the Author
Award-winning author, Lisa Funari- Willever uses her own experiences as the basis of many of her 16 picture and chapter books. Often referred to as the New Jersey author, she has created the Nicky Fifth chapter book series that blends humor, fact, and fiction and uses real New Jersey locations as th setting. Her books have been displayed at the White House, featured on the Rosie O'Donnell Show, and named to the NJ Battle of the Book List three times. In 2009, she won the Benjamin Franklin Award for A Glove of Their Own and was the Runner-up with There's A Kid Under My Bed. Lisa spends 60-70 days each year, visiting schools across the Unied States and abroad. She is a former teacher and lifelong New Jersey resident. She lives in Mansfield, NJ with her husband and three children. <P>Debbie Moldovan was raised in New Hyde Park, New York. She attended Hofstra University where she earned a B.B.A. in Marketing and a M.S. in Elementary Education. She resides in Basking Ridge, New Jersey with her husband, Rob and their three children, Tyler, Austin and Cayla. <P>Keri Conkling was raised in Pequannock, New Jersey where her passion for reading and writing led her to major in English while attending Montclair State University. She is married to her childhood sweetheart, Bill, and they reside with their children, Holly and Will, in Basking Ridge, New Jersey.