American author best known for the plethora of children's novels that he wrote, many of which focused on athletics. Some of his works include Wild Pitch, The Kid Who Only Hit Homers, and Soccer Duel.
He published his first short story when he was a teenager and his first novel was published when he was 36.
He was awarded the Milner Award in 1993 for his exemplay work in children's literature.
He was born in Bath, Pennsylvania, but his family moved to Ludlow Ville, NY. He had eight older siblings.
Margaret Peterson Haddix has been another prominent writer of children's literature.