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Top 10 Latino Books of 2014 by School Library Journal

THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY is in pretty awesome company on this list of Top 10…

Named to 2015 Top Ten New Latino Authors to Watch (and Read)

I was honored to learn that I’ve been named to Latino Stories’ 2015 Top Ten…

YALSA includes TSSOE on Hispanic Heritage Month List

YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) put out their list books books for Hispanic Heritage…

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THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY is out on audio!  Yay!  You can download and start…

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Nominated for YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers

My editor wrote to congratulate me yesterday that THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY has been nominated for a YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers.  Yay!  As they say in “the biz,” it’s an honor just to be nominated.  Winners will be announced at the American Library Association Midwinter conference in January, so watch this space…

Nominated for YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers

The great iris relocation project

My gorgeous iris garden gave beautiful flowers this year.  However, the rhizomes I bought three years ago multiplied and grew, so I knew it was getting to be time to dig them up and divide them to keep them flowering and blooming.  Holy major project, Batman!  I was reminded of the fact that I may…

New website layout coming soon

Heads up: around the start of the year, when you come to visit the site you’ll be greeted with a whole new look.  I’m going to get what’s called a new theme for the site.  It will be more image-rich, will load faster and will render better on all devices.  So if you visit on…

New website layout coming soon

November

While I’m on a roll updating the “soundtrack of my life” section, let me share you a song I’ve been obsessed with (OBSESSED WITH) ever since discovering it on the HBO show The Leftovers. I wish this was playing behind me everywhere at all times. Sublime.…

November

Top 10 Latino Books of 2014 by School Library Journal

THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY is in pretty awesome company on this list of Top 10 Latino Books of 2014 by School Library Journal, including my friend Skila Brown’s beautiful novel in verse, Caminar. See the whole list: click here.…

Immigration

Yearning to Breathe Free: The Irreverent Illegal Girl’s Rant on Independence Day

I love the 4th of July.  Growing up as an undocumented immigrant, I had a conflicted relationship with it.  On the one hand, I loved everything about it – the flags, the red, white and blue on everything, the fireworks…

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Gotta love the “Superman is an Immigrant” campaign

I have always had a thing for Superman.  I remember going to see the original…

Immigration and the Boston Marathon bombing

One of the reasons I began to tell my story about having been an undocumented…

The Journey from Illegal

In the jumble of feelings and paperwork that is a divorce, my naturalization certificate disappeared. …

Essays

There is always after

I don’t deal with bad news well.  No one does, I guess, but I am…

A Dear John to the Port Authority

For everyone who has commuted via mass transit into New York City.  Or anywhere else,…

A Hurricane of Anger

It only takes me 4 days with no power and heat to see violence in…

Mother’s Day – an essay on ambivalence

I’ve always been ambivalent about Mother’s Day, but I’ve never been able to put my finger on why that is. Then I read this essay by Anne Lamott and I think I figured it out. As a daughter, the forced…

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