I was born in Mexico and came to the United States with my adoptive father when I was nine-years-old. One of the things that helped me learn English and adapt to my new country was that I turned out to be good at playing tennis, even though I had never played tennis before. But it did take me a while to understand that “love” in tennis was the same as a big fat “zero.” It was probably then that I began to see the poetic possibilities of the English language!

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by Francisco X. Stork

Teenaged sisters Kate and Mary must make some adult decisions about the course their lives should
take when their dad dies suddenly, leaving them with their mom, who has been in a vegetative state
since an accident four years earlier. (gr 9+)

The Last Summer of the Death Warriors

by Francisco X. Stork

Seventeen-year-old Pancho is bent on avenging the senseless death of his sister, but after he meets
D.Q, who is dying of cancer, and Marisol, one of D.Q.'s caregivers, both boys find their lives changed by
their interactions. (gr 8+)

Marcelo in the Real World

by Francisco X. Stork

Marcelo Sandoval, a seventeen-year-old boy on the high-functioning end of the autistic spectrum, faces
new challenges, including romance and injustice, when he goes to work for his father in the mailroom
of a corporate law firm. (gr 8+)

The Memory of Light

by Francisco X. Stork

Waking up in the mental disorders ward after a suicide attempt, Vicky makes friends with other at-risk
kids, who under the guidance of a compassionate doctor help her through the first steps toward self-acceptance. (gr8+)


by Francisco X. Stork

Sara is determined to expose the violent cartel involved in the kidnapping of girls, but now her family is
being threatened and her younger brother is involved. Soon their only hope is to risk entering the United
States. (gr 8+)