Books by Lyn
Besides MOONWALKING, TORCH, and WAYS TO PLAY, all due out in 2022, I have four published books for middle grade and teen readers. In 2009, Curbstone Press published my YA novel Gringolandia, now available through Northwestern University Press. Gringolandia was selected for the American Library Association’s Best Books for Young Adults list in 2010 and the Bank Street College Best Children’s Books list that same year. It received an IPPY Gold Medal from the Independent Publishers Association in the Children’s Multicultural category and an Américas Award Honorable Mention from the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs.
Surviving Santiago (Running Press Teen), is the companion to Gringolandia, little sister Tina’s turn to tell her story! In 1989, Tina returns to Chile. There, she meets a handsome, motorcycle-riding boy her age, but his presence in her life is far from innocent and danger awaits the young couple. Surviving Santiago won a Moonbeam Award Gold Medal, given to outstanding small press and indie-published books, in the YA Historical/Cultural Fiction category and was included on the 2016 Bank Street College Best Children’s Books list, 14 and up.
My previous novel, published in 2013, is Rogue (Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin), the story of a socially awkward eighth grade girl whose desire for a friend leads her to two neighbor boys in peril and some dangerous choices of her own. Rogue was a Junior Library Guild selection in the middle school literature category. It was on the Truman list, the state award list in Missouri, and has been selected by various middle schools as a “One Book, One School” read.
I also edited Once Upon a Cuento, a collection of short stories for young readers by 14 established and emerging Latino authors, published by Curbstone Press in 2003.
I currently review books for children and teens on social justice topics for The Pirate Tree.