Alex Sánchez (author) bigraphy, stories - American writer

Alex Sánchez (author) : biography

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Alex Sánchez is a Mexican-American author of award-winning novels for teens and adults. His first novel, Rainbow Boys (2001), was selected by the American Library Association (ALA), as a Best Book for Young Adults. Subsequent books have won additional awards, including the Lambda Literary Award. Although Sanchez's novels are widely accepted in thousands of school and public libraries in America, they have faced a handful of challenges and efforts to ban them. In Webster, New York, removal of Rainbow Boys from the 2006 summer reading list was met by a counter-protest from students, parents, librarians, and community members resulting in the book being placed on the 2007 summer reading list.

Works, awards, and achievements

  • Rainbow Boys (2001): American Library Association 2002 Best Book for Young Adults, International Reading Association 2003 “Young Adults’ Choice,” New York Public Library 2002 “Book for the Teen Age,” Lambda Literary Award 2001 Finalist, Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books “Blue Ribbon Winner,” Book-of-the-Month Club selection
  • Rainbow High (2003): Lambda Literary Award 2003 Finalist, New York Public Library 2004 “Book for the Teen Age,” Children’s Book Council Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People 2004, Book-of-the-Month Club Main Selection, Quality Paperback Book Club Featured Selection
  • '“If You Kiss a Boy”' (short story in the anthology, 13: Thirteen Stories About the Agony and Ecstasy of Being Thirteen, James Howe, Ed., 2003). Selected by the Junior Library Guild.
  • So Hard to Say (2004): Lambda Literary Award 2004 Winner; Rhode Island Teen Book Award Nominee; VOYA Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers; Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) Choice; Borders Bookstores "Original Voices: New and Emerging Writers" selection, Book-of-the-Month Club Featured Selection, Mi Zona Hispana selection, New York Public Library 2005 “Book for the Teen Age,” Quill Award 2005 Nominee
  • Rainbow Road (2005): Lambda Literary Award 2005 Finalist; New York Public Library 2006 “Book for the Teen Age;” 2009 ALA "Popular Paperback for Young Adults;" Book-of-the-Month Club Featured Selection
  • Getting It (2006): Myers Outstanding Book Award 2007 Winner; 9th International Latino Book Awards 2nd place Best Young Adult Fiction – English; New York Public Library 2007 “Book for the Teen Age;” Book-of-the-Month Club Featured Selection
  • The God Box (2007): New York Public Library 2008 “Book for the Teen Age”
  • Bait (2009): Florida Book Award Gold Medal for Young Adult Fiction; 2011 Tomás Rivera Mexican-American Children's Book Award Winner
  • Boyfriends with Girlfriends (2011): ALA "Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers;" ALA "Rainbow List"; Bankstreet College of Education Children's Book Committee 2012 Best Children's Books of the Year; Lambda Literary Award 2011 Finalist.

He was awarded the Jim Duggins Outstanding Mid-Career Novelists' Prize by the Lambda Literary Foundation in 2011.

Life and career

Sánchez was born in 1957 in Mexico City, to parents of German and Cuban heritage, and emigrated to the United States in 1962. Sanchez studied writing at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, under Michael Cunningham, Richard McCann, Allan Gurganus, Peter Ho Davies, Michael Klein, Elizabeth McCracken, and Jacqueline Woodson.

Sánchez’s works explore themes of love, friendship, family, coming of age, and gay, bisexual, and questioning youth. His first novel, Rainbow Boys (2001), was selected by the American Library Association, as a Best Book for Young Adults. With the novel’s debut, Publishers Weekly (PW) Magazine deemed Sanchez a “Flying Start”.

Two sequels, Rainbow High (2003) and Rainbow Road (2005), complete the Rainbow trilogy, portraying the coming of age of three gay and bisexual teenage boys. Both novels were honored as “Books for the Teen Age” by the New York Public Library.

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