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Rebecca Balcárcel’s novel, THE OTHER HALF OF HAPPY (2019), is a Pura Belpré Honor Book, an ALSC Notable Book, and was called “a must-have for all library collections” by School Library Journal. She serves the students of Tarrant County College as Associate Professor of English. Look for her next novel, SHINE ON, LUZ VÉLIZ, about a girl who codes, in spring 2022.
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Rebecca pets her cat when she is not writing, grading student essays, or eating popcorn. Her debut novel, THE OTHER HALF OF HAPPY, is a Pura Belpré Honor Book and was named one of Booklist’s Top Ten First Novels of 2019 as well as a Notable Book by American Library Services for Children. Drop over to her YouTube channel, SixMinuteScholar, to hear chats about literature and writing. Look for her next novel, SHINE ON, LUZ VÉLIZ, about a girl who codes, in spring 2022.
Rebecca Balcárcel’s novel, THE OTHER HALF OF HAPPY is a Pura Belpré Honor Book and ALSC Notable Book that was named one of the Top Ten First Novels of 2019 by the American Library Association. Rebecca took her MFA from Bennington Writing Seminars and received their Jane Kenyon Poetry Prize. Her poems and essays have appeared in journals such as Third Coast and North American Review. Pecan Grove Press of St. Mary’s University published her book of poems, Palabras in Each Fist. Find her on YouTube as the Sixminutescholar. She loves popcorn, her kitty, and teaching her students at Tarrant County College as Associate Professor of English. Look for her next novel, SHINE ON, LUZ VÉLIZ, about a girl who codes, in spring 2022.
- I biked 1300 miles in from Houston to Santa Fe one April back in my twenties — while pregnant! Get your own copy of the essay in Oklahoma Review that tells the story by joining my email list: I want to keep up with Rebecca.
- I am the mother of identical twins and their big brother.
- I once made a pilgrimage to Prince Edward Island to see the places that inspired Anne of Green Gables. I also met the real Winnie the Pooh at NYC’s public library in 2017, and I enjoy the Lorax statue in Fort Worth, TX often.
- I went skydiving!