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Los Angeles Library adds TSSoE to list of faves

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I just learned something interesting: 48.6% of Los Angeles’ population is Latino. The most recent survey of books for young people (conducted every year by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University of Wisconsin – Madison) says that 2014, less than 2% of books featured Latino characters (66 of 3500). So you can imagine […]

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The Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing

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It was great to come across this article on Bustle about the Restless Books Prize.  Submissions are open this coming September through December for previously unpublished first-generation Americans.  So… not me (since I’m already published).  However, Bustle wrote a great piece about books that could have won… and guess who’s on it!  Click here. See […]

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2015 International Latino Book Award Finalist

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2015 International Latino Book Award Finalist The 2015 International Latino Book Award Finalists have been announced… and THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY is one of them!  It’s under the category of Best Young Adult Fiction Book in English with such company as Matt de la Peña’s THE LIVING and I LIVED ON BUTTERFLY HILL by Marjorie Agosín.  So […]

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

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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 […]

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Multicultural Children’s Book Day

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Have you ever wished that there was a resource to help readers find children’s and teen stories that are about more than blond princesses and white action heroes?  So have the folks over at Multicultural Children’s Book Day.  They’ve put together a great list of books that help readers see a more diverse set of […]

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Top 10 Latino Books of 2014 by School Library Journal

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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.

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

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I was honored to learn that I’ve been named to Latino Stories’ 2015 Top Ten New Latino Authors to Watch list.  It’s full of impressive names with books that are getting much buzz, so I’m honored and humbled. Check out the full list.  Click here.

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YALSA includes TSSOE on Hispanic Heritage Month List

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YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) put out their list books books for Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15) and guess who is on it! THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY is in some pretty impressive company and I’m humbled and grateful. Check out this very cool list: click here.

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Download your audio book today

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THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY is out on audio!  Yay!  You can download and start listening immediately.  Click here to get your copy.

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Follow me on Twitter

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What’s nerdy and bookish and Tweets all over?  Me!  Follow me on Twitter since I’m on there more than I am on here.  (Usually, kinda).  Click here.

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