Malín Alegria was raised in San Francisco’s Mission District. She’s a graduate of UC Santa Barbara and received her MA in Education. She is a teacher, organic gardener, seed activist, Aztec dancer, and performer. “Estrella’s Quinceñera” was published by Simon & Schuster in 2006. Her second novel “Sofi Mendoza’s Guide to Getting Lost in Mexico” was released May 2007.  Her short stories have appeared in the anthologies “Once Upon a Cuento,” and “15 Candles: 15 Tales of Taffeta, Hairspray, Drunk Uncles, and other Quinceañera Stories”.

“Estrella’s Quinceañera” was selected Bitch Media’s 100 YA books for Feminist Readers. Malin was also selected 2009 BEST New Authors to Watch and Read by Latinostories.com and in 2011 Malin was featured on NPR’s special series: 2 Languages, Many Voices, Latinos in the US. Currently, Malin and is working on a new series “Border Town” (released by Scholastic Inc. May 2012).

photo by dulce baron