Sunday, 20 January 2019

Lilliam Rivera

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Novels | Biblio. & Rights Info
The Education of Margot Sanchez | Rights Info. & Bibliography
Dealing in Dreams
(forthcoming from Simon & Schuster March 2019!)

 

REVIEWS

Praise for THE EDUCATION OF MARGO SANCHEZ

“Debut novelist Rivera doesn’t sugarcoat Margot’s conflicted life … Margot makes mistakes, misplaces her trust, and gradually reestablishes who she is in an emotional story about class, race, hard work, and finding one’s place.”

Publishers Weekly

“While issues such as gentrification, family dysfunction and sexism frame the novel, there is plenty of room for Rivera’s honest and heartwarming portrayal of Margot, a girl who makes mistakes, seeks forgiveness and creates herself anew.”

The New York Times

“The vibrant storytelling is filled with amusing, lyrical language and authentic dialogue representing the South Bronx. The supporting cast is also distinctive, genuine and well-defined. Margot’s lofty attitude and personal angst are expertly done and will hook readers from the first page. A delightful read.”

RT Book Reviews
4.5 stars and a top pick!

A debut of great candor, depth, and empathy.”

Booklist

“Lilliam Rivera did a wonderful job creating a cohesive debut novel. She incorporated romance but left it at appreciable levels. Her book spoke volumes about the importance of being true to yourself instead of trying to be like others around you.”

Teen Reads

“Introducing Lilliam Rivera, one of the most unique and exciting new voices in YA. THE EDUCATION OF MARGO SANCHEZ is funny, poignant, compelling and authentic. She nails the music and conflict of an evolving Bronx, New York. I adore this novel.”

—Matt de la Peña,
author of Newbery Medal-winner Last Stop on Market Street

“THE EDUCATION OF MARGO SANCHEZ shatters the myth of assimilation by exposing the loss and ache that comes with it. Instead, Lilliam Rivera tells the reader that there is nothing more powerful and beautiful than staying true to oneself.”

—Isabel Quintero,
author of Gabi: A Girl in Pieces

“In the hands of debut novelist Lilliam Rivera, Margot’s choices — which friends?  which boy?  which future? — take on a tense urgency.  Lively and telling, smart and compelling, Margot Sanchez is a character to take to your heart and Rivera a voice to remember.”

—Karen Joy Fowler,
author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

“With a passionate voice, Lilliam Rivera weaves a layered, complex story of a girl awakening to herself and her family.”

—Cecil Castellucci,
author of Tin Star

“THE EDUCATION OF MARGO SANCHEZ feels as classic as Judy Blume and, at the same time, entirely new.  It’s a rich, page-turning tale about a teenage girl stuck between a rock and the growing-up place.”

—Veronica Chambers,
author of Mama’s Girl and The Go-Between

Praise for DEALING IN DREAMS

The characters are allowed to fully embody the violent ideals of Mega City without artificial moralizing—the blurred line between hero and villain verges on nonexistent. Instead, readers are left with a more ambiguous—and ambitious—tale that will have them questioning what kinds of people they’d be if freed from society’s mores.

Booklist
Starred Review!

Nalah, “Chief Rocka,” heads a battle-ready crew of teenage girls known as Las Mal Criadas, brawling with other gangs to prove their dominance, patroling the streets of Mega City, and enforcing the curfew established by Déesse, the city’s ruler. Déesse’s female-dominated society is strictly stratified; young men are relegated to dancing in “boydegas” as entertainment for the girl crews, while most residents are “toilers,” producing food pellets and “sueños” tablets, doled out to keep the populace compliant and on the precipice of addiction. Rivera posits whether a society can really thrive when any one group dominates another, especially through violence and deception. A novel exploration of societal roles, gender, and equality through the eyes of a captivating lead. Recommended for all young adult collections.

School Library Journal
Starred Review!

“As brutal as it is beautiful, Dealing in Dreams pulls no punches, launching us on a wild, relentless ride through the cutthroat streets of this brilliantly-realized dystopian world, where hard choices can tear even the closest allies apart and danger lurks around every corner.”

—Daniel José Older, author of the New York Times Best-Selling series, Shadowshaper Cypher

“Dealing in Dreams is yet another smart, rich, fulfilling read from Lilliam Rivera, who has, through her last two books, solidified herself as one of today’s boldest YA writers.”

—Shea Serrano,  #1 New York Times bestselling author of Basketball (And Other Things) and The Rap Year Book

“Lilliam Rivera has really stepped her game up. All the voice and verve that made The Education of Margot Sanchez such an unforgettable debut are on full display here, but now she’s added an incredible science fiction future that can stand proudly beside Scott Westerfeld at his best.”

—Sam J Miller, award-winning author of The Art of Starving

“In Dealing in Dreams, girls run the crews, boys soothe at boydegas, and anything can happen at any time. Lilliam Rivera’s novel about struggle, courage and family crackles with energy and fresh imagination, with characters you’re rooting for so much that you can’t stop reading.”

—Tananarive Due, American Book Award winner

“ESPECTACULAR. I read this riveting revolutionary tale in a day because I could not pull away from the adventures of the legendary luchadoras Latinas, Las Mal Criadas. Chief Rocka is a powerhouse, the worldbuilding is sensational, and the themes are resoundingly relevant.”

—Romina Garber, author of the New York Times Best-Selling Zodiac Quartet

 

RIGHTS INFO & BIBLIOGRAPHY

 

THE EDUCATION OF MARGOT SANCHEZ