Tucson Festival of Books

Melissa de la Cruz

Maria Cina

Melissa de la Cruz is the No. 1 New York Times, Publisher's Weekly and Indie Bound best-selling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for readers of all ages, and edited the inspiring anthology of true stories, "Because I Was a Girl." She grew up in Manila and moved to San Francisco with her family, where she graduated high school salutatorian from The Convent of the Sacred Heart. At Columbia University, she majored in art history and English. De la Cruz lives in West Hollywood with her husband and daughter.

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Scheduled events:
School as a Place of Opportunity and Oppression
High school might be viewed by some as a place ripe with opportunity, but what is often overlooked is that schools are also places where teens face oppression and discrimination due to their skin color, their gender and their social class. Nick Brooks, Alexene Farol Follmuth and Nick Brooks portray school as places of both pain and connection with peers.

Teen & Author Stage (Seats 105)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 4, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Children / Teens
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Nick Brooks, Melissa de la Cruz, Alexene Farol Follmuth
Moderator: Carole Schmidt
Magic & Intrigue: Monsters, Dragons and Ogres
Adventures into magical worlds pull readers into quests involving dragons, monsters, ogres, pirates and princesses. Melissa de la Cruz creates the fairytale-inspired world of Never After, while Arnee Flores introduces a princess who struggles to find her magical ability and Melissa Marr features a world where kids band with dragons and gargoyles to save their world.

College of Education Kiva 211 (Seats 200)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 5, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Melissa de la Cruz, Arnée Flores, Melissa Marr
Moderator: Holly Johnson

The Headmaster's List
Children / Teens
Roaring Brook Press
February 2023
ISBN 9781250827388
400 pages

Never After: The Broken Mirror
Children / Teens
Roaring Brook Press
December 2022
ISBN 9781250827258
336 pages