We are so excited to announce the confirmed schedule for the Come On In tour! Thank you again to all of you that signed up and helped spread the word to ensure that we filled up this tour with some amazing #ownvoices reviewers! Be sure to visit our hosts during this week and help promote the release of Come on In for the entire week.
Remember, all tour hosts are required to post reviews in addition to their creative content.
Naitolu – Fan Art + #ownvoices Reflection
Ecstatic Yet Chaotic – Review
Reverie Society – #ownvoices Reflection
Introvert Interrupted – Theme Analysis + Book Recs
Adi Alsaid is the author of several young adult novels, including Let’s Get Lost, Never Always Sometimes, and North of Happy. He was born and raised in Mexico City, where he now lives and spills hot sauce on things.
Yamile Saied Méndez
Yamile (sha-MEE-lay) Saied Méndez is a fútbol-obsessed Argentine-American who loves meteor showers, summer, astrology, and pizza. She lives in Utah with her Puerto Rican husband and their five kids, two adorable dogs, and one majestic cat. An inaugural Walter Dean Myers Grant recipient, she’s also a graduate of Voices of Our Nations (VONA) and the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA Writing for Children’s and Young Adult program. She’s a PB, MG, and YA author. Yamile is also part of Las Musas, the first collective of women and nonbinary Latinx MG and YA authors. She’s represented by Linda Camacho at Gallt & Zacker Literary.
Zoraida Córdova is the author of many fantasy novels, including the award-winning Brooklyn Brujas series, Incendiary, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge: A Crash of Fate, and The Way to Rio Luna. Her short fiction has appeared in the New York Times bestselling anthology Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View, Star Wars: Clone Wars Stories of Light and Dark, and Come On In. She is the co-editor of Vampires Never Get Old. She is the co-host of the writing podcast, Deadline City, with Dhonielle Clayton. Zoraida was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador and raised in Queens, New York. When she’s not working on her next novel, she’s finding a new adventure.
MAURENE GOO IS THE AUTHOR OF SEVERAL ACCLAIMED BOOKS FOR YOUNG ADULTS, INCLUDING I BELIEVE IN A THING CALLED LOVE, THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL, AND SOMEWHERE ONLY WE KNOW. SHE LIVES IN LOS ANGELES WITH HER HUSBAND AND CAT, MAEBY.
Justine Larbalestier is an Australian–American author of eight novels, two anthologies and one scholarly work of non-fiction, many essays, blog posts, tweets, and a handful of short stories.
Her most recent book, My Sister Rosa, is about a seventeen-year-old Australian boy whose ten-year-old sister is a psychopath. It’s set in New York City and published by Allen and Unwin in Australia/New Zealand and by Soho Teen in North America. Of her other books, the most popular are the novel Liar and the Zombies Versus Unicorns anthology which she edited with Holly Black.
Justine lives in New York City, where her game of choice is basketball. She’s a season ticket holder for the New York Liberty and spends too much money on vintage clothes and watching cricket played all over the world.
Alaya Dawn Johnson
ALAYA DAWN JOHNSON has been recognized for her short fiction and YA novels, winning the 2015 Nebula Award for Best Novelette for “A Guide to the Fruits of Hawai’i,” which also appears in The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy (2015), guest edited by Joe Hill. Her debut YA novel, The Summer Prince, was longlisted for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. Her follow up YA novel, Love Is the Drug, won the Andre Norton Award in 2015. A native of Washington, D.C., Johnson is currently based in Mexico City, where she received a masters degree in Mesoamerican studies and sings in a blues band.
Sona Charaipotra is author of the doc dramedy Symptoms of a Heartbreak and co-author of the YA dance duology Tiny Pretty Things, a 2020 Netflix original series. A former People reporter, she’s writes for publications like the NYTimes and Cosmopolitan, and co-founded CAKE Literary, a boutique book packager focused on delicious, diverse reads. She has a masters in screenwriting from NYU and MFA in fiction from New School. Next up: How Maya Got Fierce and The Rumor Game.
Nafiza Azad was born in Fiji and spent the first seventeen years of her life as a self-styled Pacific Islander. Now she identifies as an Indo-Fijian Muslim Canadian, which means she is often navigating multiple identities. Nafiza has a love for languages and currently speaks four. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Children’s Literature from the University of British Columbia and co-runs The Book Wars (thebookwars.ca), a website dedicated to all things children’s literature. Nafiza currently lives in British Columbia with her family.
Misa Sugiura’s ancestors include a poet, a priestess, a samurai, and a stowaway. Her first young adult novel, It’s Not Like It’s A Secret, won the Asian Pacific American Librarians’ Association’s Youth Literature Award; her second novel, This Time Will Be Different, was a Junior Library Guild selection, and made it onto the Best of 2019 lists of YALSA, the New York Public Library, and the Chicago Public Library. Misa was born in Chicago, majored in English at Princeton University, and taught English as a second language in Japan before moving to the San Francisco Bay Area, where she now lives under a giant oak tree with her husband, two sons, and two cats.
Sharon Morse was born in Caracas, Venezuela to an Argentine father and an American mother. At the age of six, her family moved to Houston, Texas where Sharon refused to speak a word of English until her first bite of a Shipley’s donut. She then declared that it was delicious.
Sharon still lives in Houston with her husband. They have four children, three of whom have disabilities. When she’s not busy advocating for her kids or writing, you can catch her in the kitchen where she runs a small cake business.
A story in the upcoming young adult anthology, COME ON IN (Inkyard Press/Fall 2020), will be her first publication. Sharon is represented by Saba Sulaiman at Talcott Notch Literary Services
Lilliam Rivera is an award-winning writer and author of the young adult novels Dealing in Dreams, The Education of Margot Sanchez, the middle grade novel Goldie Vance: The Hotel Whodunit, and the forthcoming Never Look Back (September 2020) by Bloomsbury. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times, and Elle, to name a few. Lilliam lives in Los Angeles.
Varsha Bajaj also wrote the picture books The Home Builders and This Is Our Baby, Born Today (a Bank Street Best Book). She grew up in Mumbai, India, and when she came to the United States to obtain her master’s degree, her adjustment to the country was aided by her awareness of the culture through books. In addition to her previous picture books, she wrote the middle-grade novel Abby Spencer Goes to Bollywood, which was shortlisted for the Cybils Award and included on the Spirit of Texas Reading Program. She lives in Houston, Texas.
Isabel Quintero is the daughter of Mexican immigrants and an award winning writer from the Inland Empire of Southern California. She is the author of the award winning young adult novel, Gabi, A Girl in Pieces, which received the Morris Award, California Book Award, the Tomas Rivera Award, along with other awards. Isabel also authored a chapter book series, Ugly Cat and Pablo (Scholastic, Inc.), a non-fiction YA graphic biography, Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide (Getty Publications, 2018), which received the Boston Globe Horn Book Award, and most recently, a picture book, My Papi has a Motorcycle (Kokila, 2019). Isabel also writes poetry and essays. Her work can be found in The Normal School, Huizache, The Acentos Review, As/Us Journal, The James Franco Review, and other publications.
Sara Farizan is an Iranian American writer and ardent basketball fan who was born in and lives near Boston. The award-winning author of If You Could Be Mine and Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel, she has an MFA from Lesley University and a BA in film and media studies from American University. Here to Stay is her third novel.
Maria E. Andreu
Maria E. Andreu is a writer and author of the forthcoming Love in English (Balzer + Bray, 2021) as well as an as-yet untitled book (B+B, 2022) . Her work has appeared in Newsweek, The Washington Post, NJ.com, and the Newark Star Ledger. Her debut young adult novel, The Secret Side of Empty is a Junior Library Guild Selection, a National Indie Excellence Book Award winner, an International Latino Book Awards Finalist and has been called “captivating” by School Library Journal. Maria currently lives in New Jersey with her two children.
Come On In
by Adi Alsaid (Editor)
Publisher: Inkyard Press
Release Date: October 13th 2020
Genre: YA Anthology
This exceptional and powerful anthology explores the joys, heartbreaks and triumphs of immigration, with stories by bestselling and beloved YA authors who are themselves immigrants and the children of immigrants.
From some of the most exciting bestselling and up-and-coming YA authors writing today…journey from Ecuador to New York City and Argentina to Utah, from Australia to Harlem and India to New Jersey, from Fiji, America, Mexico and more… Come On In.
With characters who face random traffic stops, TSA detention, customs anxiety, and the daunting and inspiring journey to new lands, who camp with their extended families, dance at weddings, keep diaries, teach ESL, give up their rooms for displaced family, decide their own answer to the question “where are you from?” and so much more, Come On In illuminates fifteen of the myriad facets of the immigrant experience.