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 this fall.  

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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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Guest Blog Post Up

Cindy Rodríguez over at Latin@s in Kid Lit graciously invited me to write a blog post about the Garza Twins series, the Pura Belpré Honor Award, etc. That post is up today, and you can read it here.  

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Cover Reveal for A Kingdom Beneath the Waves

IFWG Publishing just dropped the cover of Garza Twins Book Two on their website. Kudos to Charlene for her incredible work on this.  

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Mesoamerican Day Signs

The post below is mainly intended for students reading my Garza Twins series, but the information may be useful for others as well. Most societies in pre-Columbian Mexico (Aztec, Maya, Mixtec, etc.) used a complex system to keep track of dates. Basically there were two overlapping calendars in this system: a 365-day…

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Meet Carol Garza

Here are some key facts about one of the protagonists of the Garza Twins series. Name: Carolina “Carol” Garza Birthday: August 10 Aztec day sign: Ce Ocelotl or “One Jaguar.” Note, however, that the twins were baptized on August 26, which falls under the sign Nahui Izcuintli or “Four Dog,”…

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