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Tour Dates and Other News for August 1

Here’s a round-up of the latest news, including virtual tour dates for Tehlor Kay Mejia’s PAOLA SANTIAGO and Rick’s TOWER OF NERO tour. Paola Santiago and the River of Tears has gotten four starred reviews and a huge amount of buzz already! It is published Tuesday, Aug. 4, and you can attend a virtual tour…

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News for the Week of July 27

This Wednesday, July 29, at 4PM Eastern, Carlos Hernandez and Rick will be live on Barnes & Noble’s YouTube channel to celebrate SAL AND GABI BREAK THE UNIVERSE, a Barnes and Noble pick of the month for July. You can order the B&N edition with exclusive content here. Next Tuesday, April 4, PAOLA SANTIAGO by…

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Paola Santiago and the River of Tears

Congratulations to Tehlor Kay Mejia, whose PAOLA SANTIAGO AND THE RIVER OF TEARS has now received three starred reviews! The latest from ALA Booklist says: “This fast-paced journey into Latinx folklore, with its clever protagonist, is sure to keep readers turning pages into the night.” Check out this amazing modern adventure based on the legend…

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Samirah al-Abbas and other thoughts

  So I’ll step away from social media for a while after this. We all need mental health breaks, especially in these difficult times, and I am no exception! Earlier, I decided to block some folks on Twitter (about half a dozen?) who were being rude and pushy trying to get me to respond to…

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Feathers? Why Feathers?

  Recently I’ve gotten some questions from readers about why my character Piper McLean from Heroes of Olympus is sometimes described as wearing a feather/feathers in her hair. The concern is understandable. Is this a negative Native stereotype since Piper is half-Cherokee — the daughter of Tristan McLean, and Aphrodite, the goddess of love?  …

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Some Great Books by Black Authors (collected from my previous reviews!)

In support of the #blackpublishingpower #BlackoutBestsellerList initiative, which encourages folks to buy any two books by Black writers between June 14-June 20, I thought I would pull some of my favorite reviews from GoodReads. There are obviously a ton of other great books to choose from, but if you’re looking for some ideas for books by…

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Some #OwnVoices Reads for Pride Month

Happy Pride Month! Here’s a recap of some of my favorite books by trans/NB authors.  Click each image for my GoodReads review. I am always looking for more great books to read and learn from. Do you have favorite LGTBQIA+ books or authors you would recommend? And when in doubt, I like to check Queer…

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A Round-up of Recommendations

So if you’re feeling overwhelmed with current events, including the killing of George Floyd, you’re certainly not alone. I had to take a couple of days to process and be able to do/say anything constructive rather than just getting angry and depressed. The best, most productive way I can respond is to encourage people to…

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Percy Jackson, at last!

Hey Percy Jackson fans, for the past decade, you’ve worked hard to champion a faithful on-screen adaptation of Percy Jackson’s world.  Some of you have even suggested it would be a great series for Disney+. We couldn’t agree more! We can’t say much more at this stage but we are very excited about the idea…

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No News is No News, but We Keep Trying!

I know you guy are clamoring for Hollywood updates on #DisneyAdaptPercyJackson, and I get it! You guys started that hashtag on Twitter without me even saying anything last fall, and since then it has been really helpful to get people in the film industry to sit up and take notice that there is this thing…

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