Kirkus Reviews calls this award-winning author, filmmaker, poet and playwright a “force of nature.” To the kids she meets, she has been deemed the rockstar YA author who can rock a Slam on the fly.
She won the prestigious Delacorte Dell Yearling Award and Parents’ Choice Silver Honor for Prizefighter en Mi Casa. Her second novel Feels Like Home received critical praise, but it was Fat Angie that generated buzz from The New York Times Bestselling Authors Gregory Maguire and Ellen Hopkins. But the heart of Fat Angie began when Charlton-Trujillo began traveling America late June 2013 on an unconventional book tour. She held writing workshops with at-risk youth in their communities at no cost to the programs for several months while filming the feature documentary At-Risk Summer.
Fat Angie went on to win the American Library Association Stonewall Award 2014, made the Rainbow List by YALSA and was a finalist for the Lambda Awards 2014. Charlton-Trujillo’s fourth novel, When We Was Fierce, chronicles the efforts of a group of friends to stay out of gang warfare.
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Carrie Gordon Watson is a 27-year veteran high school teacher and conflict resolution counselor. She holds an MA in Foreign and Second Language Education, has created and implemented conflict resolution programs at the high school where she’s taught since 1996, and adopted and coordinated the social awareness program called Challenge Day. A Young Adult author as well, Watson’s first book QUAD (2007) dealt with the painful and gripping reality of a school shooting. Her novel Ascending the Boneyard (2016) tackles subjects of grief, family and finding oneself.