Books by Lyn
Besides TORCH, and WAYS TO PLAY, due out in fall 2022/winter 2023, I have four published books for middle grade and teen readers and three more forthcoming. April is both Autism Acceptance Month and National Poetry Month, which is why I have two books set to release in April 2022. The first is the 16th title in the acclaimed She Persisted series of chapter books conceived and co-authored by Chelsea Clinton and based on her picture books with Alexandra Boiger. Illustrated by Gillian Flint, She Persisted: Temple Grandin explores the life of the animal scientist and autism advocate whose research has improved the way we treat farm animals and led to greater understanding of autism and autistic individuals. She Persisted: Temple Grandin is due out on April 5, 2022.
Launching one week later, on April 12, 2022, is Moonwalking. Co-authored with the award-winning poet and novelist Zetta Elliott, this verse novel set in Williamsburg and Greenpoint, Brooklyn in fall 1982, portrays the unlikely friendship between Afro-Latinx science geek and aspiring graffiti artist Pierre “Pie” Velez and autistic white punk rock enthusiast Joseph John “JJ” Pankowski as their love of art helps them through difficult times in a world that seeks to silence them.
My next 2022 book is also a co-authored work, as I enjoy collaborating with other authors who make me a better writer. Film Makers: 15 Groundbreaking Women Directors is part of Chicago Review Press’s Women of Power series. Co-authored with Tanisia “Tee” Moore, this collective biography is her YA debut and an exciting presentation of the lives and work of a diverse group of living women filmmakers from the United States and around the world. Each of the women shares a common trait; in the words of Shonda Rhimes, “First. Only. Different.” Film Makers will be published on August 16, 2022, just in time for the blockbuster fall movie season.
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.