13TH STREET Launches

Today, July 7, sees the release of books 1-3 of my 13TH STREET series from the new HarperChapters imprint of HarperCollins, a sort of Latinx Stranger Things for kids ages 5-9. These chapter books focus on three cousins (Malia, Dante and Ivan) who find themselves fighting strange creatures in a…

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Two Non-Fiction Pieces

I’ve recently had a couple of articles published that draw from Aztec philosophy to think about modern life. Give them a read! In Psyche, June 16, 2020 “Learning Nahuatl, the Flower Song, and the Poetics of Life“ In Zócalo, May 10, 2020 “Aztec Kings Had Rules for Plagues, Including ‘Do Not Be a Fool’“…

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Starred Review for Halfling King

Kirkus has give Rise of the Halfling King a starred review! “An unmissable adventure of mythical proportions,” they call it. Huge congratulations to my illustrator (and daughter) Charlene Bowles, and much love and respect to our publisher, Cinco Puntos Press, who had the idea of creating a series of graphic…

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Spanish Translation of FSDHS

My award-winning book Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky: Myths of Mexico is now available in a beautiful Spanish translation from Vintage Español (Penguin Random House). Order your copy of Serpiente Emplumada, Corazón del Cielo today! It’s perfect for that special relative or Spanish-speaking student.  

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My Debut Children’s Book!

I’m so delighted to reveal that my debut picture book My Two Border Towns will be out next summer from Penguin Random House’s Kokila imprint … featuring the amazing art of Erika Meza. Huge shout out to my agent, Taylor Martindale Kean, and my editor, Joanna Cárdenas.  

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South Carolina Children’s Book Award

I was delighted to learn that They Call Me Güero has been selected as a 2020-2021 nominee for the South Carolina Children’s Book Award.  

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GÜERO on Bluebonnet List!

At the Texas Book Festival, the Texas Library Association (TLA) announced the twenty books that made it onto the curated Bluebonnet List. They Call Me Güero was one of the lucky titles! Each year, 20 books are chosen for the Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List. Many schools and libraries around…

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GÜERO a White Raven!

My book They Call Me Güero has been awarded a White Raven! That means it’s been selected by the very prestigious International Youth Library Foundation for inclusion in their annual catalogue of recommended titles for international children’s & youth literature: 200 books in 37 languages from 59 countries. They Call…

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GÜERO Read Across America

I’m delighted to announce that They Call Me Güero was selected as one of the National Endowment of the Arts Read Across America titles for middle-grade readers! I’m especially proud and excited to be part of the project’s mission, to “motivate kids to read and celebrate the diversity in their…

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In Memory of Tlatelolco

Rosario Castellanos was an influential Mexican poet who wrote this piece after the government massacre of students and other protesters in the Plaza de las Tres Culturas in the Tlatelolco section of Mexico City. The poem made its way into Elena Poniatowska’s book on the massacre. The third stanza was…

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