We are so excited to announce that our next tour is Miss Meteor by Tehlor Kay Mejia and Anna-Marie McLemore. We are looking for #OwnVoices readers that identify as Mexican, Mexican-American, Trans, and/ or Pansexual. If that’s you, be sure to fill out the form here. If you know someone that identifies as either Mexican, Mexican-American, Trans, and/ or Pansexual, please pass along this information to them so they can see if they are interested.
Astrid and Dani joined forces to advocate for this book, check out what they had to say:
I am a fan of both McLemore’s lyrical prose and Mejia’s character development and am eager to see how their styles work together and what they have created. The novel revolving around themes of loving yourself, sharing who you are with the world, friendship, self-discovery, and letting the past go are the reasons why I am drawn to this novel.
-Astrid & Dani
TEHLOR KAY MEJIA is the author of the critically acclaimed young adult fantasy novel WE SET THE DARK ON FIRE, as well as several forthcoming young adult and middle grade novels (WE UNLEASH THE MERCILESS STORM – Katherine Tegen Books, MISS METEOR (co-written with National Book Award nominee Anna-Marie McLemore) – HarperTeen, PAOLA SANTIAGO AND THE RIVER OF TEARS + PAOLA SANTIAGO AND THE FOREST OF NIGHTMARES – Rick Riordan Presents/Disney-Hyperion).
Her debut novel received six starred reviews, and was chosen as an Indie’s Next Pick and a Junior Library Guild selection, as well as being an Indiebound bestseller in the Pacific Northwest region. It was featured in Seventeen, Cosmopolitan, and O by Oprah Magazine’s best books of 2019 lists, as well as being a book of the year selection by Kirkus and School Library Journal.
Tehlor lives in Oregon with her daughter, two very small dogs, and several rescued houseplants.
I’m Anna-Marie, author of fairy tales that are as queer, Latinx, and nonbinary as I am. My books include THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS, a 2016 William C. Morris YA Debut Award Finalist; 2017 Stonewall Honor Book WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS, which was longlisted for the National Book Award in Young People’s Literature; WILD BEAUTY, a Kirkus, School Library Journal, and Booklist best book of 2017; BLANCA & ROJA, a New York Times Books Review Editors’ Choice; DARK AND DEEPEST RED, a Winter 2020 Indie Next List selection; and the forthcoming THE MIRROR SEASON.
My short stories appear in the anthologies ALL OUT, THE RADICAL ELEMENT, TOIL & TROUBLE, and HUNGRY HEARTS, COLOR OUTSIDE THE LINES, and the forthcoming THAT WAY MADNESS LIES and WNDB anthology FANTASTIC WORLDS: IMPOSSIBLE PLACES. My non-fiction essays appear in OUR STORIES, OUR VOICES and the forthcoming BODY TALK.
There hasn’t been a winner of the Miss Meteor beauty pageant who looks like Lita Perez or Chicky Quintanilla in all its history. But that’s not the only reason Lita wants to enter the contest, or why her ex-best friend Chicky wants to help her. The road to becoming Miss Meteor isn’t about being perfect; it’s about sharing who you are with the world—and loving the parts of yourself no one else understands. So to pull off the unlikeliest underdog story in pageant history, Lita and Chicky are going to have to forget the past and imagine a future where girls like them are more than enough—they are everything.
Witty and heartfelt with characters that leap off the page, Miss Meteor is acclaimed authors Anna-Marie McLemore and Tehlor Kay Mejia’s first book together.