Lucas Bleyle, when not writing books, is nowhere to be found. He is somewhere in the woods with a group of friends from dawn to dusk, cobbling together a fort. He also enjoys such things as the satisfaction of popping open an umbrella, seeing people nodding along while he speaks, and listening to uncontrolled saxophone duets. Lucas, now 14, lives in Ames with his parents, four siblings, two dogs, a cat, a fair amount of mice, and the occasional fellow crashed on the couch. He completed The Scavengers as an eighth grader and it is his first novel.