Rita Williams-Garcia is a Top 100 AALBC.com Bestselling Author Making Our List 24 Times
Winner of the PEN/Norma Klein Award, Rita Williams-Garcia
is the author of five other distinguished novels for young adults: Blue
Tights, Every Time a Rainbow Dies, Fast Talk on a Slow Track, Like Sisters
on the Homefront, and No Laughter Here, the latter four of which were chosen
as ALA Best Books for Young Adults. Like Sisters on the Homefront was also
named a Coretta Scott King Honor Book and a best book of the year by ALA
Booklist, School Library Journal, The Bulletin of the Center for Children's
Books, and Publishers Weekly. She has also written an acclaimed novel for
middle-grade readers, One Crazy Summer, which the New York Times called "a
powerful and affecting story of sisterhood and motherhood."
Rita Williams-Garcia is currently a faculty member at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in the Writing for Children and Young Adults Program. She has two daughters, Michelle and Stephanie, and lives in Jamaica, New York.