An avid soccer fan, Phil Bildner has sat on the Real Madrid bench at el Estadio de Santiago Bernabeu, and he has watched from the bleachers as Lionel Messi scored a hat trick during an Argentina-Brazil showdown. Away from the pitch, Phil was an attorney and taught middle school in the New York City public schools. He is the author of the Texas Bluebonnet Award-winning Shoeless Joe & Black Betsy, and the co-author with Loren Long of the New York Times bestselling Sluggers series.
Jesse Joshua Watson has traveled extensively, developing a deep passion for sharing the beauty of the world's cultures. He has always cared deeply about South Africa--in high school he campaigned for Nelson Mandela's freedom by organizing awareness and student action. In addition to writing and illustrating books and teaching art to kids, Jesse plays soccer religiously. He lives in Port Townsend, Washington, with his wife and their sons.