I'm traveled America and held workshops with at-risk youth on a very unique book tour (see AMAZE-TASTIC Publishers Weekly article) and made a feature length documentary in the process titled At-Risk Summer (see trailer).
Rather than simply signing copies of my third novel FAT ANGIE (Candlewick Press, March 2013), I partnered with libraries, independent bookstores and community organizations to make myself accessible for those who often don't have access to creative mentors.
Some of the writers in the film are:
A.S. King, Meg Medina, Laurie Halse Anderson, Ellen Hopkins, Kathy Erskine, Matt de la Peña, Pat Zietlow Miller, Michelle Embree.
Who Am I (In The Third Person): The author/filmmaker deemed the YA rockstar Wexican (Whitest Mexican American) by the kids she meets won the prestigious Delacorte Dell Yearling Award and Parents' Choice Silver Honor for PRIZEFIGHTER EN MI CASA. FEELS LIKE HOME received critical praise, but it was FAT ANGIE that won the American Library Association's 2014 Stonewall Award.
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