2019 Appearances

March 3, 2019—“Facing Obstacles with Determination.” Panel at the Tucson Book Festival. University of Arizona. Tucson, Arizona. March 29, 2019—“On Writing, Voice, and Courage: A Conversation with Walter Honorees,” a symposium on diverse children’s literature. Part of the Walter Dean Myers Award Ceremony. Library of Congress, Washington D.C. Texas Library…

Continue reading

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…

Continue reading

TWO Awards from TIL

The Texas Institute of Letters just announced the winners of its literary prizes. I won both the MG and YA awards (which is the first time in TIL history that a single author has taken them both).  They Call Me Güero got the Jean Flynn Award for Best Middle Grade Book Award…

Continue reading