Hilde Lysiak
About Wendy Mass

Wendy Mass is the author of eleven novels for young people (which have been translated into 13 languages and nominated for 46 state book awards), including A Mango-Shaped Space (which was awarded the Schneider Family Book Award by the American Library Association), Leap Day, the Twice Upon a Time fairy tale series, Every Soul a Star, 11 Birthdays, Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall, Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life (soon to be a feature film), Finally, The Candymakers, and her latest, 13 Gifts. Wendy wrote the storyline for an episode of the television show Monk, entitled "Mr. Monk Goes to the Theatre," which aired during the show's second season. She tells people her hobbies are hiking and photography, but really they're collecting candy bar wrappers and searching for buried treasure with her metal detector. She lives with her family in New Jersey. Visit her at

Matthew Lysiak
About Oriol Vidal

Oriol Vidal is an illustrator and storyboard artist living in Barcelona, Spain. He has also worked on several television productions. In his spare time, he enjoys mountain biking and painting big pictures.

About Hilde

Nine-year-old Hilde Lysiak is the reporter and publisher of her own newspaper, the Orange Street News. She is always hot on the trail of her next big story! Hilde loves interviewing witnesses, finding clues, and answering the six key questions -– Who? What? Where? When? Why? How? – in order to crack the case and post her news story before the deadline. Hilde's older sister, Izzy, is her photographer. Together, the two sisters ride around town on their bikes, solving mysteries one breaking news story at a time! Hilde lives in a town called Selinsgrove.