FEATHERED SERPENT a Kirkus Best YA Book of 2018

Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky: Myths of Mexico made the Kirkus list of Best YA Books of 2018! Seventy-five titles are on the list, in eight categories. The one FSDHS was selected for–Books That Feed Imaginations–is perfect for my retelling of these crucial ancestral tales.  

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GÜERO a Shelf Awareness Best Book of 2018

The magazine Shelf Awareness has selected They Call Me Güero for their Best Books of 2018 list!  

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GÜERO an NCTE Notable Verse Novel

Each year the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) establishes a committee for the NCTE Award for Excellence in Children’s Poetry. That committee goes on to create a list of Notable Poetry Books for children ages 3-13 published throughout the year. I am honored that the committee has selected They Call Me…

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GÜERO a SLJ Best Book of 2018!

Each year, School Library Journal selects 80 or so titles published that year that they believe will stand the test of time. I’m so honored to announced that They Call Me Güero has been included on the 2018 Best Books list!  

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NCTE Roundtable Article

If you were part of my talk at “Más Fuerte Together: A Roundtable on the State of Latinx Publishing,” here is the article I referenced: Naidoo.Quiroa.2016.Beyond.Calaveras  

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Cover Reveal: The Chupacabras of the Rio Grande

Today Latinxs in Kid Lit hosted the reveal of The Chupacabras of the Río Grande (book 4 of the Unicorn Rescue Society series). I’m so proud of the work Adam Gidwitz, Hatem Aly and I did on this one! I can’t wait for you all to meet Choopi (the young chupacabras you…

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Kintsukuroi

(The following poem, from my collection Shattering and Bricolage, was quoted in “Innocence,” episode 14.4 of the CBS drama Criminal Minds,) Like a hammer deliberate Or careless, jostling child, Life tumbles us From safe, oblivious heights To smash to shards And scattering dust. Yet, though shattered, We may have the fortune To feel…

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Quoted on Criminal Minds

Last night I was quoted on the show Criminal Minds on CBS. In the final moments of the show, Penelope García says the following line. “‘When wounds are healed by love / The scars are beautiful.’ David Bowles.” The words are from “Kintsukuroi,” a poem from my collection Shattering and Bricolage, which is…

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Garza Twins Series Overview

Once a millennium, twins are born with the ability to shapeshift and to wield the might of savage magic. When Carol and Johnny Garza discover their powers, they find themselves fighting to save their family…and the world itself. Books The Smoking Mirror (2016 Pura Belpré Honor Book) A Kingdom Beneath…

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Online Classical Nahuatl Class

I’m launching my Fall 2018 on-line Classical Nahuatl course on September 19. If that sounds at all interesting, here’s a basic overview of how the class will work. Basic Classical Nahuatl 101 is a thirteen-module, self-paced course that requires no previous knowledge of the language. Each module consists of four elements:…

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