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Since professional writers are incredibly busy, I am incredibly grateful to the ones whotook time from their busy schedules to let me interview them for this book: JarrettKrosoczka, Robert Lipsyte, Robert San Souci, Jon Scieszka, Greg Trine, and Jane Yolen.Mega thanks to the kids who let me use their drawings in this book: Adam Bis-sonette, Santiago Cursi- Fletcher, Joseph Fletcher, Robert Fletcher, Shane Maxwell,and Francis Ohe.Thanks also to the guys whose writing appears in this book: Ben Allen, Adam Bis-sonette, Taylor Curtis, Brandon Dunham, Joseph Fletcher, Robert Fletcher, MaxFriedman, Max Gilmore, Jimmy Hernandez, Kenny Le, Alex Lemus, Zack Smith, andBen Whea.I know many teachers who are working hard to widen the circle for boy writers,including Jen Allen, Chris Boydstun, Jody Chang, Paul Crivelli, Bob Crongeyer, JeremyHyler, Kate Morris, and Erin McIntyre. Thanks to Linda Rief and Suzanne Whaley.And
nally, I’m grateful to my wonderful wife, JoAnn, for nurturing all the guy writers,young and old, in our family.