Diana López
 author ~ educator






For Windy, nothing ever changes. The mean girls at school are still mean, and Windy’s best friend, Elena, is still more interested in making up words than talking about boys. Then a new girl, Nina—impossibly cool, confident, and not afraid of anyone—starts hanging out with Windy! But her friendship comes at a dangerous price. Windy wants to change everything about her life...but is she really willing to give up everything in the process?

Apolonia "Lina" Flores is a sock enthusiast, a volleyball player, a science lover, and a girl who's just looking for answers. Even though her house is crammed full of books (her dad's a bibliophile), she's having trouble figuring out some very big questions, like why her dad seems to care about books more than her, why her best friend's divorced mom is obsessed with making cascarones (hollowed eggshells filled with colorful confetti), and, most of all, why her mom died last year. Like colors in a cascarón, Lina's life is a rainbow of people, interests, and unexpected changes.

Now available in Spanish!


Set in schools and communities from New York City to Venice Beach, California, the protagonists in these teen mystery stories reflect the breadth and diversity of the Latino authors included in this innovative collection.  Published authors such as Mario Acevedo, Alicia Gaspar de Alba, Diana López and Sergio Troncoso appear alongside less well-known authors who deserve more recognition.  This collection is sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats until the last page is turned. 

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