Gary Karton is the author of The Last Akaway (Brattle, April 2013), the first book in the Brody Boondoggle fantasy adventure series for young readers. Gary started his writing career as a reporter for The Washington Post. He has spent the last 17 working for children and families at nonprofits such as the Welfare to Work Partnership, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and Safe Kids Worldwide. He is also the author of No Free Lunch -- One Man's Journey from Welfare to the American Dream (Ballantine, May 2002). He lives in Virginia with his wife, dog and two sons.