Maldonado, Torrey

Growing up, Torrey hated reading. No. He hated boring books and ones that seemed to hate or dismiss him and where he was from. With school failing him in a neighborhood that LIFE called “1 of the 10 Worst Neighborhoods in the U.S.”, he unplugged so hard from books that he repeated a grade, almost twice. Luckily, he was introduced to NOT boring and culturally responsive books and educators who cared. It inspired him to be a middle school teacher and author. For nearly 20 years, he’s used the formula that hooked him to books. Provide mirror, window, and sliding door books that show readers love, they’ll love books back, and book-lovers will grow. He still teaches in the Brooklyn neighborhood where he was born and raised and uses his students’ & his experiences to write what readers say “don’t feel like books”. Voted a “Top 10 Latino Author” & best Middle Grade & Young Adult novelist for African Americans, NYC’s former and current Chancellor spotlighted him as a top teacher. His writing is praised for its current-feel, realness, & universal themes.

Praise for Tight
-A Christopher Award
-A Washington Post Best Children’s Book of 2018
-An ALA Notable Book>
-An NPR Best Book

3 Fun Facts

1. I had every hairstyle that Michael Jackson had and got to meet him.
2. I’m a super fan of super hero stuff, including comic books, shows, and movies.
3. I actually did the unbelievable thing you’ll read in Tight and Secret Saturdays.