Kevin Brooks shot to stardom with his debut Martyn Pig, winner of the Branford Boase Award and nominated for the Carnegie Medal. Lucas Won the 2004 North East Book Award. He lives in Manningtree, Essex. Catherine Forde's two young adult books, Fat Boy Swim and SKARRS received universal acclaim and she has been nominated for the Book Trust teenage prize and the Blue Peter Awards. She lives in Glasgow.