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Spooky Virtual Event - Sara Farizan, Yamile Saied Méndez and Amparo Ortiz

Event date: 
Thursday, October 20, 2022 - 6:00pm

Sara Farizan, Yamile Saied Méndez and Amparo Ortiz
A SPOOKY Virtual Event!

This virtual event with Sara Farizan, Yamile Saied Méndez and Amparo Ortiz is free to attend! Signed bookplates are being offered with purchases of any of these book titles.

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To get on the list for a bookplate, just add any of Sara Farizan, Yamile Saied Méndez and/or Amparo Ortiz’s available books to your cart and put that you’d like a bookplate in the order comments on the checkout screen. The deadline to place an order to guarantee a bookplate is one week after the event, October 27th. Please note, since it typically takes several weeks after an event for the bookplates to arrive at the store, your bookplate may be sent to you separately from the book.

What is a bookplate?
A bookplate is an autographed sticker that can then be put in the book! Though your book won’t be directly signed, bookplates allow us to host long-distance authors for our virtual events.

About the Authors
SARA FARIZAN is an Iranian American writer, avid culture vulture, and ardent basketball fan who was born in and lives near Boston. The award-winning author of IF YOU COULD BE MINE and HERE TO STAY, she has an MFA from Lesley University and a BA in film and media studies from American University. DEAD FLIP is her fourth novel.

YAMILE SAIED MÉNDEZ is a fútbol obsessed Argentine-American and the author of FURIA.  An inaugural Walter Dean Myers Grant and a New Visions Award Honor recipient, she’s also a graduate of Voices of Our Nations (VONA) and the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adult program. She’s a founding member of Las Musas, a marketing collective of women and non-binary Latinx children’s authors. She lives in Utah with her husband, five kids, two adorable dogs, and one majestic cat.

AMPARO ORTIZ is the author of BLAZEWRATH GAMES and DRAGONBLOOD RING (Page Street Kids). She was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and currently lives on the island’s northeastern coast. When she’s not teaching ESL, she’s streaming Kpop videos, vlogging for her eponymous YouTube channel, and writing about worlds both contemporary and fantastical.


Growing up, Cori, Maz, and Sam were inseparable best friends, sharing their love for Halloween, arcade games, and one another. Now it’s 1992, Sam has been missing for five years, and Cori and Maz aren’t speaking anymore. How could they be, when Cori is sure Sam is dead and Maz thinks he may have been kidnapped by a supernatural pinball machine?
These days, all Maz wants to do is party, buy CDs at Sam Goody, and run away from his past. Meanwhile, Cori is a homecoming queen, hiding her abiding love of horror movies and her queer self under the bubblegum veneer of a high school queen bee. But when Sam returns—still twelve years old while his best friends are now seventeen—Maz and Cori are thrown back together to solve the mystery of what really happened to Sam the night he went missing. Beneath the surface of that mystery lurk secrets the friends never told one another, then and now. And Sam’s is the darkest of all . . .

From zombies to cannibals to death incarnate, this cross-genre anthology offers something for every monster lover. In Our Shadows Have Claws, bloodthirsty vampires are hunted by a quick-witted slayer; children are stolen from their beds by “el viejo de la bolsa” while a military dictatorship steals their parents; and anyone you love, absolutely anyone, might be a shapeshifter waiting to hunt.
The worlds of these stories are dark but also magical ones, where a ghost-witch can make your cheating boyfriend pay, bullies are brought to their knees by vicious wolf-gods, a jar of fireflies can protect you from the reality-warping magic of a bruja—and maybe you’ll even live long enough to tell the tale. Set across Latin America and its diaspora, this collection offers bold, imaginative stories of oppression, grief, sisterhood, first love, and empowerment.
Full contributor list: Chantel Acevedo, Courtney Alameda, Julia Alvarez, Ann Dávila Cardinal, M. García Peña, Racquel Marie, Gabriela Martins, Yamile Saied Méndez, Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite, Claribel A. Ortega, Amparo Ortiz, Lilliam Rivera, Jenny Torres Sanchez, Ari Tison, and Alexandra Villasante.


Dead Flip By Sara Farizan Cover Image
ISBN: 9781643750804
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Algonquin Young Readers - August 30th, 2022

Our Shadows Have Claws: 15 Latin American Monster Stories By Yamile Saied Méndez, Amparo Ortiz, Ricardo López Ortiz (Illustrator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781643751832
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Algonquin Young Readers - September 6th, 2022

Twice a Quinceañera: A Delightful Second Chance Romance By Yamile Saied Méndez Cover Image
ISBN: 9781496737052
Availability: Not in Stock, Available for Special Order
Published: Kensington - July 26th, 2022

Furia By Yamile Saied Méndez Cover Image
ISBN: 9781643751894
Availability: Backordered
Published: Algonquin Young Readers - February 15th, 2022

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Last Sunrise in Eterna By Amparo Ortiz Cover Image
ISBN: 9781645676140
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Page Street Kids - March 28th, 2023

Blazewrath Games By Amparo Ortiz Cover Image
ISBN: 9781645670797
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Page Street Kids - October 6th, 2020

Dragonblood Ring By Amparo Ortiz Cover Image
Currently unavailable, email or call for more information.
ISBN: 9781645673163
Published: Page Street Kids - October 12th, 2021