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Lilliam Rivera

Lilliam Rivera is the author of The Education of Margot Sanchez and is a 2016 Pushcart Prize winner. She is a freelance writer with work in Tin House, the Los Angeles Times, and Latina, among others. Originally from the Bronx, New York, Lilliam now lives in Los Angeles with her family. Visit her at

Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult Fantasy
Lilliam Rivera recommends
Incendiary (2020)
(Hollow Crown, book 1)
Zoraida Córdova
"The Spanish Inquisition with much-needed magic, a lush world, and heart-stopping intrigue . . . I couldn't get enough of this sweeping journey of love and loyalty!"
All These Monsters (2020)
(All These Monsters , book 1)
Amy Tintera
"All These Monsters has everything you want in a young adult novel—heart-stopping action, big personalities, scary monsters—but Amy Tintera has also created an unforgettable heroine in Clara. Not only is Clara a badass Latina, but readers will root for her as she contends with a family secret that clouds her every decision. Couldn't put it down!"
Lobizona (2020)
(Wolves of No World, book 1)
Romina Garber
"Romina Garber has created an enthralling young adult fantasy led by an unforgettable Latinx character Manu. In Manu we find a young girl who not only must contend with the injustice of being undocumented she also discovers a hidden world that may explain her very existence. I fell in love with this world where wolves, witches and magic thrives, all in a rich Latinx setting! Lobizona will surely place Garber alongside the Harry Potters of the world."
Tell Me My Name (2021)
Amy Reed
"This novel is amazing. I am just in awe. Evoking both the terrible and tender, Tell Me My Name is a pulsating, hypnotic retelling that captures a young girl's heartbreaking desire to be fully seen, and sets it against a crumbling, near-future world."
When We Make It (2021)
Elisabet Velasquez
"With verses that are unapologetically fierce and honest, Elisabet Velasquez captures the Brooklyn city streets with a Nuyorican vibe that can't be duplicated. When We Make it is the perfect, coming-of-age tale with rhythmic poetry that is certain to cement Velazquez as an exciting new young adult voice to celebrate."
Lulu and Milagro's Search for Clarity (2022)
Angela Velez
"In a truly hilarious and heartwarming debut, author Angela Velez breaks out with a story of sisterly love, family secrets, and the roles forced on us at a young age. Lulu and Milagro's Search for Clarity is a laugh-out-loud, college road trip novel full of Catholic school hijinks. You'll fall in love and root for Lulu and Milagro!"

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