John J. Bonk

is a former musical comedy performer turned writer, who has hung up his tap shoes and devotes most of his time these days to "performing on the page." He is the author of Madhattan Mystery (Walker/Bloomsbury) a madcap middle-grade adventure novel which Booklist calls "A delight in every way" and gives a starred review. He has also written the comic MG novel, Dustin Grubbs: One-Man Show (Little, Brown & Company) about a 12-year old actor wannabe, which School Library Journal calls "Lighthearted and uproarious" and Booklist describes as having "Great lines, hilarious scenes and a very satisfying ending." The sequel, Dustin Grubbs: Take Two, (Little, Brown) is described by Children's Literature as "Hilarious, delightful, a perfect choice--even for the most reluctant readers" and has Kirkus declaring, "The giggles never stop!"

John's short stories, poems, and articles have appeared in numerous magazines, including Cricket, Cobblestone, Pockets, Dramatics, and Highlights, for which his short story earned him an Author of the Month Award. He grew up in Chicago where he received a degree in theatre from Loyola University and currently lives in the heart of Manhattan with his indefatigable kitty, Dinah Blue (though he rarely uses words like in-de-fat-i-ga-ble). He can see the top of the Empire State Building from his window!

John is represented by Steven Chudney of the Chudney Agency.