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Celia C. Perez

Born: in Miami, Florida
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Perez lives in Chicago.

Biography: Celia Perez is a community college librarian. She is a longtime zine-maker. Her zines and writing has been featured in The Horn Book Magazine, Latina, El Andar, Venus Zine, and NPR's Talk of the Nation and Along for the Ride.


Awards:
    '''''The First Rule of Punk'''''
  • -- Best Books List, NPR, 2017
  • -- Best Books List, Center for the Study of Multicultural Children's Literature, 2017
  • -- Best Middle-Grade Books, Kirkus Reviews, 2017
  • -- Best Books for Kids, New York Public Library, 2017
  • -- 101 Great Books for Kids List, Evanston Public Library, 2017
  • -- Best of the Best Books, Chicago Public Library, 2017
  • -- Best Books List for Young Readers, University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education, 2017
  • -- Middle Grade Fiction Nerdies Award, 2017
  • -- Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, 2017
  • -- Starred Review, Kirkus, 2017
  • -- Starred Review, School Library Journal, 2017
  • -- Indies Introduce Title, ABA, 2017
  • -- Junior Library Guild Selection, 2017
  • -- ABA Indies Introduce Title, 2017
  • -- Kids’ Indie Next List Pick
  • -- E.B. White Read-Aloud Middle Reader Award finalist
  • -- Amelia Bloomer List Book
  • -- Junior Library Guild Selection
  • -- Publishers Weekly Flying Start
  • -- School Library Journal Best Books of 2017
  • -- Horn Book Fanfare Selection
  • -- Seattle Public Library Top 10 Children’s Chapter Book of 2017
  • -- Pura Belpré Author Honor Book, 2018
  • -- ALSC Notable Children’s Book, 2018
  • -- Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award Winner, 2018
  • -- Boston Globe-Horn Book Fiction and Poetry Honor Book, 2018
  • -- CCBC Choices, 2018
  • -- Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, 2018
  • -- Great Lakes, Great Reads Award, 2018
  • -- Illinois READS Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2019
  • Strange Birds
  • -- Notable Children’s Books, ALSC, 2020
  • -- Best Children’s Books of the Year, Bank Street College of Education, 2020 Edition
  • -- Rise: A Feminist Book Project List 2020 (formerly the Amelia Bloomer List)
  • -- Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choices 2020
  • -- Best Books of the Year, Center for the Study of Multicultural Children’s Literature, 2019
  • -- Best of the Best Books,Chicago Public Library, 2019
  • -- Best Middle Grade Books of the Year, Kirkus, 2019
  • -- Best Children’s Books of the Year, The Washington Post, 2019
  • -- Junior Library Guild Selection
  • -- Starred Review, Kirkus, 2019
  • -- Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, 2019
  • -- Starred Review, School Library Journal, 2019
  • -- Starred Review, Horn Book, 2019
  • -- Illinois READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2020

Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Young adult readers

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/celiacperez/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CeliaCPerez
Website: http://celiacperez.com/


Selected Titles

Strange birds :
ISBN: 0425290433 OCLC: 1078878955

After Ofelia, Aster, Cat, and Lane fail to persuade a local girls club to change an outdated tradition, they form an alternative group that shakes up their sleepy Florida town. Includes tips for beginning birders, characteristics of crystals, a cookie recipe, tips for aspiring journalists, directions for creating badges, and facts about the killing of birds for fashion.

The First Rule of Punk
ISBN: 9780425290422 OCLC: 965127991

Twelve-year-old María Luisa O'Neill-Morales (who really prefers to be called Malú) reluctantly moves with her Mexican-American mother to Chicago and starts seventh grade with a bang--violating the dress code with her punk rock aesthetic and spurning the middle school's most popular girl in favor of starting a band with a group of like-minded weirdos.

 

 

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