When I was growing up, I never felt like I fully belonged anywhere. As a half-white, half-Filipino American who very much appears mixed race, my ethnicity was constantly interrogated. Friends, acquaintances, teachers, coaches, and even the occasional stranger would ask, “What are you?” or “Where are you from?” I understand that (in most cases) there … Continue reading WHAT BLACK HISTORY MONTH MEANS TO THIS FILIPINO AMERICAN
I'm excited to kick off the new year with a new (and free) short story for you all to read thanks to the awesome folks at Foreshadow! The story is titled "Ours" and I'm not exactly certain how to categorize the genre. Maybe YA Filipinx American contemporary horror/paranormal? I don't know. I don't want to give … Continue reading OURS
I was invited to join a session at this year's NCTE convention about complexity in YA literature. As part of the session, Dr. Jennifer Buehler (author of Teaching Reading with YA Literature: Complex Texts, Complex Lives) and Dr. Cathy Fleisher asked me and the other authors (Elizabeth Acevedo, David Arnold, Sharon Draper, David Levithan, Emily X.R. Pan, & … Continue reading COMPLEXITY IN YA
On Monday, Penguin Teen revealed the cover of PATRON SAINTS OF NOTHING, my next book, out in June 2019 from Kokila/Penguin Random House! You can see the full cover and read an exclusive excerpt at the link above. The book tells the story of Jay Reguero, a Filipino American teen, who travels to the Philippines … Continue reading COVER REVEAL!
After five months of sitting on this secret, I can finally announce that my next book, PATRON SAINTS OF NOTHING, will be out in summer of 2019 with Kokila Books (a new imprint of Penguin Random House)! (Add it to your TBR shelf on Goodreads!) This has been in the works for several months, so … Continue reading BOOK #3 ON THE WAY!
AFTER THE SHOT DROPS is now available on audiobook! Thanks to JB Adkins and Ramón de Ocampo for bringing Bunny and Nasir to life! As an avid audiobook listener and believer in Universal Design for Learning, I'm thrilled that my story is now accessible to even more readers. Check out a sample here. To purchase: Listening … Continue reading AFTER THE SHOT DROPS NOW ON AUDIOBOOK!
For the last few years, I've ended every school year by giving students what I refer to as my "empathy" speech, a 5-7 minute attempt to contextualize the importance of the subject I teach (English). None of this is probably terribly new, but this year I felt like writing it out because this is my … Continue reading On Stories and Empathy