Andre J. Garant lives in Ellington, Connecticut. He works by day as an Accountant at Neptco, Inc., in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. When he''s not busy at work, Andre enjoys writing middle-grade fiction novels for boys and girls between the ages of nine and thirteen. Slap Shot is Garant''s second published novel, and is one of seventeen middle-grade fiction novels that he has written during the past three years. He is a 1991 graduate of St. Michael''s College in Colchester, Vermont and is also a 1997 graduate of The Institute of Children''s Literature in West Redding, Connecticut. Garant specializes in school visits where he enjoys speaking to upper elementary and middle-grade students about the books that he has written and what can be learned from them.