KATE SAUNDERS is a full-time author and journalist and has written many books for adults and children. Her books for children have won awards and received rave reviews, and include future classics such as Beswitched, Magicalamity, The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop, The Curse of the Chocolate Phoenix, Carnegie-shortlisted The Land of Neverendings and Costa Winner Five Children on the Western Front. Kate lives in London. NEAL LAYTON was born and raised in Chichester. Whilst he was growing up he spent much of his time playing in the dirt, making homemade catapults and drawing pictures. He studied BA Graphic Design at Newcastle, and MA Illustration at Central Saint Martins. Neal now lives in Portsmouth with his family. He likes living by the seaside.