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When Jarrett J. Krosoczka was in high school, he was part of a program that sent students to be counselors at a camp for seriously ill kids and their families. Going in, Jarrett was worried: Wouldn't it be depressing, to be around kids facing such a serious struggle? Wouldn't it be grim? But instead of the shadow of death, Jarrett found something else at Camp Sunshine: the hope and determination that gets people through the most troubled of times. Not only was he subject to some of the usual rituals that come with being a camp counselor (wilderness challenges, spooky campfire stories, an extremely stinky mascot costume) , but he also got a chance to meet some extraordinary kids facing extraordinary circumstances. He learned about the captivity of illness, for sure .

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Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Jarrett J. Krosoczka (born December 22, 1977 in Worcester, MA) is the author and illustrator of a number of picture books. A graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, he received his first book contracts six months after graduation. He had been submitting for two years at that point, submitting his first book to a publisher during his junior year. His first book, Good Night, Monkey Boy was published on June 12, 2001 by Random House. Krosoczka was also an instructor at Montserrat College of Art for four years. In 2003, Krosoczka was chosen by Print as one of their 20 top new visual artists under 30. He got married in September 2007.

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