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Thank you for an awesome time, Somewhat Virtual Book Club

I had a great time last night at the Somewhat Virtual Book Club, a group that meets both in person at various schools and on a Google Hangout, making the conversation span the whole country. We had a far-ranging and engaging talk. I always love when readers expand my thinking with “what if” questions, and this […]

Thanks for visiting my site

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I’m so grateful you’re here! Looking for something? Here are a few of the most popular areas on the site: Looking for information about my novel, THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY? Do you need resources, including a discussion guide? Click here for Resources. (Link to Discussion Guide is a picture near the bottom of the […]

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THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY,  a young adult novel about an undocumented teenager, has been called “Must-read YA” (Bookish), “What’s hot in YA,” (School Library Journal), and “timely and important”  (The Bulletin for Children’s Books).  Click here to read more praise or click on one of the links below to buy your copy today. Book […]

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Texas Teen Book Festival

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What do you get when you put together something like 50 YA authors and thousands of YA readers in one cool space? The Texas Teen Book Festival! Here I am back at home after a whirlwind 35 hours in Austin, which was totally awesomesauce. Books, books, more books, time to connect with readers, teachers and writers… […]

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(PHOTO) NYC Teen Author Night

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Have you ever just wanted to hug a room full of people all at once?  That’s how I felt at the NYC Teen Author Night last night at the Jefferson Market branch of the New York Public Library. We played to a packed crowd full of awesome people who asked great questions and then hung around […]

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Awards and Praise

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2014 National Indie Excellence® Award winner. 2015 International Latino Book Award Finalist 2015 CLASP Américas Award Commended Title A School Library Journal Top 10 Latino Books of 2014 pick. A 2015 Top Ten Latino Authors to Watch (and Read) by Latino Stories A Junior Library Guild selection. “Must-read YA for Spring 2014.” Bookish “With immigration reform a hot button issue across […]

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Upcoming Events

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I hope to meet you this fall at one of these upcoming events! Texas Teen Book Festival Austin, Texas September 26th, 2015 Click here for more information Bar Harbor Book Festival Bar Harbor, Maine October 9th and 10th, 2015 Click here for more information

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New York City Teen Author Festival

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The New York City Teen Author Festival was non-stop fun and The Big Thinks – ideas, conversation, questions.  It was a lot to take in.  I found a wonderful blog wrap-up of the Saturday sessions, including the panel I participated in around the issue of diversity in teen books.  Click here for the wrap-up.

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(VIDEO) Panel at Brooklyn Public Library

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A little over a month ago I appeared on a panel at the Brooklyn Public Library on the subject of immigration and how we talk about it via art.  BPL has put the entire panel up on their YouTube channel. See it here:

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School Library Journal review

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School Library Journal, one of the biggest reviewers of books for teens, says this about THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY, M. T.’s narration is candid and at times heartbreaking. Told over the course of her senior year, the story reveals a captivating look at the life of one young immigrant and the challenges so many […]

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