|Birth Day||December 8, 1952|
|Birth Place||La Paz, Bolivia|
|Age||68 YEARS OLD|
Bolivian-born children's book author. His popular novels include Touching Spirit Bear, Petey, and Tree Girl.
He began his writing career in the mid-1980s and won such literary honors as the International Reading Association Award and the Western Writers' Golden Spur Award.
He was the owner of a 750-pound black bear named Buffy.
He was a contemporary of fellow children's book author Tony Abbott.