Guadalupe Garcia McCall

Poet, Fiction Writer

Sherwood, OR 97140

Author's Bio

I was born in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico. My family immigrated into the U.S. when I was six years old. I grew up in Eagle Pass, a small, border town in South Texas. Eagle Pass is the setting of my debut novel in verse, UNDER THE MESQUITE, from Lee & Low Books. After high school, I went off to Alpine in West Texas to study to become a teacher. I have a BA in Theatre Arts and English from Sul Ross State University. In Alpine, I met and fell in love with my husband, Jim. We have 3 sons, a dog, and a cat. We moved to Somerset many years ago. We love living the simple life in the country, where I get to be close to what I love, nature.

Publications & Prizes


All the Stars Denied (Lee and Low Books, 2018)
Shame the Stars (Lee & Low Books, 2016)
Summer of the Mariposas (Lee & Low Books, 2012)
Under the Mesquite (Lee & Low Books, 2011)


Aoife's Kiss
Bilingual Review
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Cause and Effect Magazine
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Dirty Goat
Falling Star
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Prague Literary Review
Prizes won: 

Pura Belpre Author Award (ALSC/Reforma), William C. Morris YA Debut Award Finalist (YALSA), Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults (YALSA), Best Teen Books of 2011 (Kirkus Reviews), Top 10 Can't Miss Fall Books for Teens (Kirkus Reviews), "Starred Review" (Kirkus Reviews), ALA Notable Children's Book American Library Association (ALA), Best of the Best Books Chicago Public Library, Best Children's Books of the Year Bank Street College of Education, "Choices" Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC), Notable Books for a Global Society (International Reading Association)

More Information

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Identifies as: 
Hispanic, Mexican
Prefers to work with: 
Adults, Children
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Born in: 
Piedras Negras, Coah.
Raised in: 
Eagle Pass, TX
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Last update: Sep 29, 2019