Hal and Melanie Young—authors of the Christian Small Publishers Association’s 2011 book of the year, Raising Real Men—are parents of six real boys and two real girls. Hal and Melanie have served on the board of directors for North Carolinians for Home Education for more than 14 years, including Hal’s three terms as president. They have published articles with Homeschooling Today, Homeschool Digest, TEACH Magazine, Homeschool Enrichment, Old Schoolhouse Magazine, and others. Hal and Melanie have made more than 50 media appearances in venues as wide-ranging as the Bob Dutko Show and the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather. They are sought-after conference speakers who draw standing-room-only crowds with their mix of entertaining cross-banter and practical, powerful, scriptural principles. The Youngs live in noisy familial bliss in North Carolina.