Meg Medina

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I'm Meg Medina, Newbery award-winning author of the New York Times bestselling novel Merci Suárez Changes Gears.

I am a Latina author of libros for kids of all ages. I'm about strong girls, tough circumstances, and the connecting power of culture. I am the author of several picture books, middle grade books, and young adult novels, including Burn Baby Burn which was long-listed for the 2016 National Book Award and short-listed for the Kirkus Prize and the Los Angeles Book Prize.

I have been honored with the Pura Belpré award twice, an Ezra Jack Keats award, and more. I’m a founding member of We Need Diverse Books, and I live in Virginia with my family and my cute dog, Hugo Menendez.

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Meg Medina Burn Baby Burn is set in a time that was seared (couldn't resist the pun) into my mind. I was 13 years old and living in NYC in 1977 - arguable one of…moreBurn Baby Burn is set in a time that was seared (couldn't resist the pun) into my mind. I was 13 years old and living in NYC in 1977 - arguable one of the city's most volatile years in history. The filth, the crime, a serial killer, and an epic blackout were too much to forget, I suppose. How does a young person grow up against a backdrop of violence? That question seemed to apply, then and now.(less)
Meg Medina I have three projects spinning. The first is a short story for Tyranny of Petticoats, volume 2, from Candlewick. It's edited by Jessica Spotswood and…moreI have three projects spinning. The first is a short story for Tyranny of Petticoats, volume 2, from Candlewick. It's edited by Jessica Spotswood and features stories of strong girls in all different periods of history. I love writing short fiction, so it feels like a pleasure to work on that. More long term, I have two books on contract with Candlewick. The first is a middle grade novel about a girl navigating that awful time when we move from being girls of the playground to middle school girls. I haven't written a middle grade novel since my first book, so it's a way to stretch myself again. I think it will be out in 2018, if all goes well. (less)
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A Teachers’ Guide on steroids, in the best way possible.

Candlewick Press sent along their hot-off-the-press Teachers’ Guide for Merci Suárez Changes Gears. The former teacher inside me is going to gush here. It’s fabulous, and that’s because it’s written by a super-charged educator and reading coach. The questions and activities across the curriculum are smart and get the kids talking, thinking, and working on […]
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