Dean Pitchford is the author of Captain Nobody and The Big One-Oh and also an Oscar(R)-winning songwriter. He wrote the lyrics to the Oscar(R)-winning song "Fame," and the screenplay and lyrics for the hit movie Footloose. Most recently, he has been involved with the stage musical version and new film adaptation of Footloose as well as the new Broadway revival of the musical, Carrie. Visit him online at www.deanpitchford.com or on Twitter @DeanPitchford1.
Praise for Nickel Bay Nick "Told with wry humor, this fast-paced novel will appeal to fans of Louis Sachar's Holes (Farrar, 1998) and Gary D. Schmidt's Okay for Now (Clarion, 2011). In the best tradition of Christmas stories, it's a bit of a tearjerker as Sam discovers just why Mr. Wells cares so much about him and learns to forgive his own parents. This is a Christmas book that can be enjoyed year-round." --School Library Journal "Sam's a great, well-realized kid, and readers will root for him every step of the way... Crime does pay off--to the benefit of others--in this enjoyable novel." --Kirkus Reviews Accolades for Dean Pitchford: Captain Nobody has been nominated for 13 State Award lists: FL, IL, KS, MN, MO, NH, NM (2 separate years), NY, OK, SC, TN, VA. Audio edition was nominated for a 2010 Grammy Award in the Best Spoken Word for Children category. The Big One-Oh has been nominated for 5 State Award Lists: KS, MD, MO, NH, SC. Audio edition was nominated for a 2007 Grammy Award in the Best Spoken Word for Children category.