Jerry Spinelli is one of the most gifted storytellers in contemporary children's literature. His books include Maniac Magee, winner of the 1991 Newbery Medal; Space Station Seventh Grade; Who put that Hair in my Toothbrush?; and Crash. His novels are recognised for their humour and poignancy, and his characters and situations are often drawn from his real-life experience as a father of six children. Jerry lives with his wife, Eileen, who is also a writer, in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania.