Christopher Paul Curtis was born and reared in Flint, Michigan. After high school graduation, he worked on the assembly line of the Fisher Body Plant/Flint Plant No. 1 and graduated from the Flint branch of the University of Michigan. His first book, The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963, received a Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Honor book citation in 1996, and Bud, Not Buddy received the Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King Award in 2000. Subsequent titles include the acclaimed Elijah of Buxton, which won a Newbery Honor, the Coretta Scott King Author Award, the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction, the TD Canadian Children’s Book Award and the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction; and its two companion novels, The Madman of Piney Woods, nominated for the Silver Birch and Rocky Mountain Book Awards; and The Journey of Little Charlie, which will be published by Scholastic in early 2018. Christopher Paul Curtis lives with his wife and two children in Windsor, Ontario.