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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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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GÜERO Cover Reveal

Say hola to my middle-grade poetry book They Call Me Güero: A Border Kid’s Poems, featuring the amazing art and lettering of Zeke Peña, the 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Non-fiction Winner for Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide (along with author Isabel Quintero). Tomorrow I’ll reveal the wrap-around. Big shout-out…

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Co-authoring a Book with Adam Gidwitz

I can now reveal that I am one of the authors working with Adam Gidwitz on a new middle-grade series from Penguin Dutton called The Unicorn Rescue Society! Other members of the society include Joseph Bruchac, Emma Otheguy, Hena Khan, and illustrator Hatem Aly. Read Adam’s blog post for all…

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Cover Reveal for The Hidden City

IFWG Publishing has revealed the cover for The Hidden City, the third book in Garza Twins, my middle-grade fantasy series. The book is due out around May of 2018. Here’s the title’s description and the artwork: Distressed by new threats, the Garza family take a summer trip to the mountains of…

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Sneak Peek of THE HIDDEN CITY

IFWG Publishing has posted the first chapter of The Hidden City, book three of my middle-grade fantasy series Garza Twins. In this excerpt, we learn see Carol use song magic against a trio of bullies and begin to experience complicated feelings for her friend Nikki Jones. Read and enjoy! Preview: The…

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New Translation Underway

I recently signed a contract to translate into Spanish the YA fantasy novel Summer of the Mariposas by Guadalupe García McCall. That work is well underway, and it looks like Tu Books will be publishing El verano de las mariposas in the spring of 2018.  

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Graphic Novel Announcement

Publishers Weekly broke the news yesterday: “Stacy Whitman of Tu Books has acquired world rights for CLOCKWORK CURANDERA, a YA steampunk graphic novel reimagining of FRANKENSTEIN set in an alternate colonial Mexico, by Pura Belpré Honor recipient David Bowles and illustrated by Pura Belpré winner Raúl the Third. Publication is set…

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B-Fest Presentation Video

Here’s video of (most of) the author presentation I did on June 12, 2016 at Barnes & Noble Northcross as part of B-Fest (a national teen book festival). Big thanks to Kristi Callaway Rogers for filming the event!  

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AKBTW Playlists for Carol and Johnny

As I worked on A Kingdom Beneath the Waves, the second book of Garza Twins, I used music to help me get inside the heads of my two teen protagonists. Here are the playlists for each character:  

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