About the Author
I was born a few minutes after midnight on April 11th. My mom named me Angela because she said when they brought me to her, I looked like an angel. She still thinks I'm an angel. ;) You can learn how to pronounce my name here: https://www.teachingbooks.net/pronounce.cgi?aid=22740
Writing is the only thing I've ever wanted to do in my life. The next best thing would be running a home for rescued animals. After that, I wouldn't mind owning a pretzel shop or an empanada truck. Back to writing... I've been writing short stories, poetry, and novels since I was a child. My teachers used to read my work aloud in class and it embarrassed me, but I also liked it. I still feel that way about writing. Sharing my work is scary, but exciting.
So far, I've written three middle grade novels: Gaby, Lost and Found, which was named Best Youth Chapter book by the International Latino Book Awards and a Bank Street College of Education’s Best Books of 2014. I'm only mentioning the award and recognition because students always ask me about it. My second middle-grade novel, Allie, First At Last, was released by Scholastic in Spring 2016 and received a starred-review from Kirkus.
My third novel, Me, Frida and the Secret of the Peacock Ring will be released by Scholastic in March 2018. It's my first time writing a mystery novel. Read more about it here: Me, Frida and the Secret of the Peacock Ring. I'm also happy to announce that I adapted Disney-Pixar's new animated movie about Día De Las Muertos, Coco, into a junior novelization to be released on October 10, 2017. Woo hoo!
I'm super proud of the novels I've written because they're exactly the type of books I would have enjoyed when I was a child. If you want to read a more "official" author bio, please click here. :)
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Interviews and Guest Posts with Angela Cervantes
Interview with Angela Cervantes; La Bloga (Dec. 2016)
Angela Cervantes: Writing What She Loves; Whispering Prairie Press (October 2016)
Gutsy, Funny, and Flawed: Crafting Strong Latina Characters; School Library Journal (May 2016)
Meet the Author: Angela Cervantes; Johnson County Library Blog; (May 2016)
Piñata Busters and Trailblazers, Guest Post; Latin@s in KidLit (March 2016)
Meet acclaimed author Angela Cervantes; Scholastic blog: On Our Minds (April 2016)
Interview with Angela Cervantes, Kansas Alumni Magazine (November 2014)
Interview with Angela Cervantes, Allison’s Book Bag (July 2014)
Angela Cervantes on Publishing and her Animal-loving Latina Protagonist; Latinos in KidLit (May, 2014)
Angela Cervantes talks about her name, Teachingbooks.com (May, 2014)
Interview with Angela Cervantes, La Bloga (May 2014)
Interview with Angela Cervantes, Musings of a Children’s Writer (March 2014)
Interview with Angela Cervantes, The Debutante Ball (Dec. 2013)
Finding Diversity and my Voice with a Pen and a Flashlight; CBC Diversity (Dec. 2014)