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Sugarplums, happy Friday!  I’m so excited!!  It’s the Friday before Memorial Day, the unofficial start…

2015 International Latino Book Award Finalist

The 2015 International Latino Book Award Finalists have been announced… and THE SECRET SIDE OF…

(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…

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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

More iris garden

It’s iris season!  I want to post a gazillion pictures but I’ll spare you and post just a few (below).  They’re so pretty and they’re popping up everywhere! I am adding a new batch once it’s planting season again in August (but, in my defense, I’m really good about dividing the old ones and paying them forward).…

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Signed first edition

Here’s something kind of hilarious I found by accident.  There’s someone on Ebay selling “a signed first edition” of THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY, complete with a picture of the page with my signature on it.  What?  Why? I have signed hundreds of copies of the book by now.  Whenever someone asks an author to just…

Signed first edition

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

Pre-order your paperback

Sugarplums, happy Friday!  I’m so excited!!  It’s the Friday before Memorial Day, the unofficial start of summer, and I have such a fun weekend planned.  I hope you do too. But most of all I’m excited because I just found out that the release of the paperback version of THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY has…

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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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