Children's book writer who created the popular Secrets of Droon series, which has been translated into several languages. His other works include the Danger Guys and the Haunting of Derek Stone series.
He studied music, psychology, and English at the University of Connecticut, supplementing his education by attending writing workshops led by Patricia Reilly Giff. He published his first book in the Danger Guys series in 1994.
He based his character of Batamogi, King of the Oobja people, on his Welsh Corgi, Comet.
He was born in Cleveland, Ohio to a university professor father, and he grew up primarily in Connecticut. In his adulthood, he married and had two daughters.
He and Arthur Bailey both sparked the imaginations of young children with their writing.