Chris Crutcher is one of the most successful -- and most frequently banned -- authors of realistic fiction in the Young Adult industry, with 11 novels, two short story collections and one autobiography to his credit (all with HarperCollins/Greenwillow).
Prior to his work as a novelist, he worked as an educator including a ten year run as the director of an alternative school in Oakland, California and later, twenty-five years as a child and family therapist specializing in abuse and neglect with a focus on teens. He remains a therapy consultant and is the Spokane, Washington child protection team leader, and has been for almost 30 years. He speaks, in the United States and internationally, at schools, universities and conferences roughly 100 days a year. He is uniquely qualified to address this and other controversial issues with some authority.
Read more about Crutcher at http://www.chriscrutcher.com.