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(PHOTO) Diversity Panel at New York Teen Author Festival 2015

Diversity has been a buzzword in young adult literature this past year.  In particular, the…

Multicultural Children’s Book Day

Have you ever wished that there was a resource to help readers find children’s and…

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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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…

Dated

Not too long ago, an editor from a column I’d love to “crack” sent out a tip about pitching him an idea.  It said: “Don’t put two spaces after a period.  I instantly will know you’re over forty.” Those of you (us) over forty might recall that we were taught to hit “space-space” after a…

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The Big Spring Clean

“If you want to change your life, move 27 things,” goes an ancient Chinese proverb.  My life is pretty darn awesome, so I don’t want to change it so much as I want to keep the flow moving through it.  I’m a big believer in unburdening myself of “stuff.”  So I’m doing a Big Spring…

The Big Spring Clean

(PHOTO) Diversity Panel at New York Teen Author Festival 2015

Diversity has been a buzzword in young adult literature this past year.  In particular, the We Need Diverse Books campaign has made a lot of strides in bringing attention to the issues of representation (and lack thereof) in books for kids and teens.  That’s why it was a special privilege to be invited to participate…

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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