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Copy of Author Photo Fall 2016 2

I’m pleased — well, pretty ecstatic! — that my middle-grade novel, The Other Half of Happy, will be out from Chronicle Books on August 20, 2019!

This book started with the voice of a 12-year-old bi-cultural Latina-Anglo character who had a lot to say! Then I wrote a pile of poems that became a novel through a LOT of revision. :-)Version 2

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