Texas Author’s Debut novel Recognized

HOUSTON, TX August 2019— Alex Temblador’s debut novel for teens, Secrets of the Casa Rosada, has been named the Middle Grade / Young Adult Discovery Prize Winner in the 2018 Writers’ League of Texas Book Awards. Established in 1991, the awards recognize the year’s outstanding books published by Texas authors.

The recipient of the 2019 Tejas Foco Young Adult Fiction Award and named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2018, Secrets is an engaging novel for young adults that follows a family of women and the secrets they hold. Reviewers have enthusiastically recommended it:


“Debut novelist Temblador has created an unforgettable character in Martha, a girl whose gifts are greater than she could have imagined, in part because they belong to a world she never could have imagined. A suspenseful and fascinating glimpse into a Mexican-American world.”                                                                                      —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Alex Temblador’s magical Secrets of the Casa Rosada follows Martha George, a sixteen-year-old girl whose rootless and impoverished life with her mother shifts. [It] is a fascinating story with a strong protagonist and a glimpse at some unique aspects of traditional Mexican culture.”                                                                                     —Foreword Reviews

“Temblador depicts Martha as a frustrated teenager who loves and respects the people around her while finding a newfound feeling of purpose and belonging when she assimilates into her community as her highly respected grandmother’s apprentice. It addresses the hard reality that nobody is perfect, even our guardians, and the slightly ambiguous conclusion is tantalizingly open to interpretation.”                                                                                                                            —Booklist


Alex Temblador, a freelance travel writer, is a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Monroe and received an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Central Oklahoma. Born and raised in Wichita Falls, Texas, she lives and works in Dallas.

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