Marisa Montes was born in Puerto Rico, but also lived in Missouri and France. Like Gabi, she learned to use her head to fight bad guys -- she became a lawyer. Now she writes books for children full time, including picture books and mysteries. Marisa's favorite thing about Gabi is that she is brave. "Gabi doesn't let anything stand in her way, and she doesn't follow the crowd. She makes up her own mind about things." Marisa lives in Northern California with her husband and their pets, Toby the dwarf aquatic frog and Elton the goldfish. This is her first series for Scholastic. Unlike Gabi and Marisa, Joe Cepeda is not a girl. But he is an artist. He has illustrated such award-winning picture books for Scholastic as Mice and Beans, What a Truly Cool World, and Gracias, the Thanksgiving Turkey. He also creates paintings and drawings for book jackets, magazines, and newspapers. Joe likes Gabi's attitude, but he really relates to Papi because he's an "absentminded kind of guy." Joe says, "I'm like that ... I could put a tool in the refrigerator." He lives in Southern California with his wife and son (who looks sort of like Gabi's little brother, Miguelito)Montes, Marisa is the author of 'Crazy Mixed-Up Spanglish Day' with ISBN 9780439475198 and ISBN 0439475198.