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A multi award-winning author and Arizona's most popular writer of science and nature books for young readers. He has more than 30 titles to his credit, as well as having a 25-year stint at Arizona State University, primarily as director of Arizona State University's Office of Research Publications.

Also a multi award-winning writer and editor. She has more than 15 years of experience working for well-known parenting magazines and newspapers such as Arizona Parenting, Houston Parent, LA Parent and SanTan Sun News. She is co-founder of

JR, a ringtail cat, is Arizona's State Mammal Mascot. He and his sister, Jayne, also a ringtail, visit schools with authors Storad and Exley to help them show students how much fun Arizona history is!

Multi award-winning illustrator and designer, Michael Hagelberg, an NAU graduate, was the creative director, designer and illustrator of ASU's Research magazine. His designs have been recognized with awards from the University and College Designers Association, IABC, Council for Advancement, Support of Education and many others.

Pulling it all together is Linda Radke of Five Star Publications, Inc. With 25 years of publishing experience and countless awards in publishing, marketing and writing arenas, Radke's ingenuity and experience give the book high marks in value and quality.

The curriculum guide is by Jean Kilker, M.A. (English), M.Ed. (Technology), National Board Certification, who taught language arts, reading and science. She is currently, a Teacher-Librarian and former Follett Librarian of the Year.