NEW EDITION with a Foreword by award-winning author Meg Medina.
During a time of heated immigration debate and unrest, this book is an opportunity to hear directly from youth who are often in the headlines but whose stories don’t get told in full. Sixteen young people from the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) in Washington, D.C. came together to tell their own stories of immigration and transformation in comics form. The result is this side-by-side bilingual collection of graphic memoirs that not only builds connections across language, but also breaks down barriers and expands hope.
The authors of this collection are members of the Latino Youth Leadership Council of the Latin American Youth Center in Washington, DC. This group of teen immigrants from Central America and the Caribbean are dedicated to promoting cross-cultural understanding and social justice in their community. The book was produced through a collaboration with Shout Mouse Press, a nonprofit writing program and publishing house for unheard voices. Learn more at shoutmousepress.org
En tiempos de inquietud y acalorados debates sobre la inmigración, este libro representa una oportunidad para escuchar directamente a los jóvenes quienes suelen ocupar los titulares en la prensa, pero cuyas historias no se alcanzan a narrar por completo. Dieciséis jóvenes del Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) en Washington, D.C. se unieron para contar sus propias historias de inmigración y de transformación en formato de cómic. El resultado es esta colección de memorias gráficas bilingüe, que no sólo construye conexiones entre los idiomas, sino que también elimina barreras y abre un espacio a la esperanza.
About the Author
Meg Medina is an award-winning Cuban American author who writes picture books, middle grade, and YA fiction.
She is the author of:
Burn Baby Burn, long listed for the 2016 National Book Award and shortlisted for the Kirkus Prize and the Los Angeles Book Prize;
Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, winner of the 2014 Pura Belpré Award, the 2013 CYBILS Fiction award and the International Latino Book Award for young adults;
The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind, a 2012 Bank Street Best Book
Mango, Abuela and Me, winner of the 2016 Pura Belpré Award honor medal for both writing and illustration;
Tía Isa Wants a Car, winner of he 2012 Ezra Jack Keats New Writers medal
Her most recent middle grade novel is Merci Suárez Changes Gears which was published in September 2018 by Candlewick Press. It has received five starred reviews and is a 2018 Kirkus Prize finalist.
Meg's work examines how cultures intersect, as seen through the eyes of young people. She brings to audiences stories that speak to both what is unique in Latino culture and to the qualities that are universal. Her favorite protagonists are strong girls.
In March 2014, she was recognized as one of the CNN 10 Visionary Women in America. In November 2014, she was named one of Latino Stories Top Ten Latino Authors to Watch. In 2017, she was named, along with Gigi Amateau, to the Southerners of the Year list by Southern Living Magazine.
When she is not writing, Meg works on community projects that support girls, Latino youth and/or literacy. She lives with her family in Richmond, Virginia.