GÜERO a Walter Honor Book

I am so pleased and humbled to announce that THEY CALL ME GÜERO has been selected as an Honor Book in the Young Readers category for the 2019 Walter​ ​Dean​ ​Myers​ ​Awards​ ​for​ ​Outstanding​ ​Children’s​ ​Literature! Thanks to We Need Diverse Books and the judges. I have admired the work…

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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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Belpré Author Honor Acceptance Speech

REFORMA, ALSC and the American Library Association have released the text of this year’s Belpré winners’s acceptance speeches. Below you’ll find mine.  

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Texas Institute of Letters Nomination

I received an email today from the Texas Institute of Letters notifying me that my YA novel The Smoking Mirror has been selected as a finalist for their H-E-B Award for Best Young Adult Book. The award winner will be publicly announced at the 2016 Awards Banquet in Austin on Saturday, April 16.…

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Essay nominated for Cimmerian Award

Pleased to learn that my essay “Toltec Traces in ‘Thunder-Rider’” (published in On An Underwood No. 5 ) has been nominated for the Robert E. Howard Foundation’s Cimmerian Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Online Essay. Thanks to Todd Vick (who himself racked up FIVE nominations, wow) for putting the…

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The Smoking Mirror selected Belpré Honor Book

The American Library Association announced this morning that my YA novel The Smoking Mirror is a Pura Belpré Honor Book! The Belpré recipients are selected by a committee of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, and the National Association to Promote Library…

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“Ancient Hunger” wins Kraken

My story “Ancient Hunger, Silent Wings” won one of Devilfish Review’s Kraken Awards: third place in fiction. The piece, a fantasy set in 19th-century New Mexico, appears in their Kraken Award issue.  

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