Latina writer of books for kids of all ages.

I’ll be joining three amazing authors for a Google Hangout on Sunday, March 6. Check out the details and mark your calendar.

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Who will be there?

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Sharon Biggs Waller
The Forbidden Orchid

Synopsis: 1861, Kent, England. 17-year-old Elodie Buchanan is the eldest of ten girls, all named for flowers, and daughter of a world-famous Victorian plant hunter and Darwinist. When an accident leaves her father immobile and badly in debt, Elodie herself must journey to China in search of a rare orchid to save her family from debtors prison. Along the way she finds danger, deception, and first love. Published by Viking, February 2nd, 2016.

Starred in PW and School Library Journal

“VERDICT A historical romance with a strong female protagonist, sure to find fans.–School Library Journal


9780763678487Jessica Spotswood
A Tyranny of Petticoats: 15 Stories of Belles, Bankrollers, and Other Badass Girls

Synopsis: Join fifteen of today’s most talented writers of young adult literature on a thrill ride through history with American girls charting their own course. They are monsters and mediums, bodyguards and barkeeps, screenwriters and schoolteachers, heiresses and hobos. They’re making their own way in often-hostile lands, using every weapon in their arsenals, facing down murderers and marriage proposals. And they all have a story to tell.

Starred review in Booklist

“Readers of historical fiction and adventure need look no further.” ~ Kirkus


SteepAndThornyWay_CVCat Winter
The Steep and Thorny Way

Hanalee Denney’s hometown is not a welcoming place in the 1920s. Hanalee is the daughter of a white woman and an African-American man, so she has almost no rights by law. If that weren’t enough, the Ku Klux Klan is a powerful force in the area, breeding fear and hatred, even among friends. Her father, Hank Denney, died a year ago, hit by a drunk-driving teenager. Now the killer is out of jail and back in town . . . but he claims that Hank wasn’t killed by the accident at all, but, instead, was poisoned by the doctor who looked after him—who just happens to be Hanalee’s new stepfather. The only way for Hanalee to get the answers she desperately needs is to ask her father—a “haint” who wanders the roads at night.Inspired by Hamlet and infused with the real history and feel of Prohibition-era Oregon, The Steep and Thorny Way is a gripping and thoughtful story of intolerance, forgiveness, and finding one’s own path.

Starred reviews in Kirkus, School Library Journal, and Booklist

“A powerful, gripping, and exceptionally well-executed glimpse into a little-known corner of U.S. history.” Booklist


BurnBabyBurn_cvrSktch-7 copy 2Meg Medina
Burn Baby Burn

Synopsis: New York, summer 1977. Nora Lopez is seventeen, in love with both a new guy and disco music. But the city is besieged by arson, a massive blackout, and a serial killer named Son of Sam who shoots young women on the streets. And her troubles don’t even end there. Her brother, Hector, is growing more threatening by the day, and her mother is helpless or unwilling to stop his decline. Life is a series of secrets, with tempers and temperatures running high. What will it take for Nora to survive?

Starred reviews in Kirkus, School Library Journal, Booklist, and The Horn Book

“Rooted firmly in historical events, Medina’s latest offers up a uniquely authentic slice-of-life experience set against a hazy, hot, and dangerous NYC backdrop.” ~Kirkus

Comments on: "We’re Making (Badass)History: A Google Hangout with YA authors" (1)

  1. Thanks for sharing the blurbs about each book. They all sound like thrilling reads. Good luck with the Mar. 6 event.

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