Author and educator
Torrey Maldonado, author of Secret Saturdays, published by Putnam Juvenile, was named one of ten "new" Latino authors to watch and read in 2012 and was one of three individuals featured in CNN's Rareview: Black Latinos Balance Two Worlds.
A veteran NYC school teacher, his novel was inspired by his own and his students' lives and in it he writes about youth-struggles with: "fronting", bullying, friendship, absent fathers, and tough choices. Secret Saturdays has been spotlighted by ALA (2011 Quick Pick for Young Adults), NBC and others. The novel is praised for its current-feel and generation-transcending themes. It made Pennsylvania's and Kansas's recommended reading-lists for Middle & High School students, has been incorporated into curriculum across the country and it is assigned along side The Outsiders by Queens College.
Born and raised in Brooklyn's Red Hook projects, Torrey overcame neighborhood poverty and violence to become the first in his immediate family to attend college. Graduating Vassar with a BA in Sociology, he worked for the U.S.'s largest victim-services agency training schools to implement Conflict Resolution programs. He also holds a Master's Degree in Educational Administration from Baruch College. His mission: evolve youth into leaders and "hook kids to books".
To learn more about Torrey Maldonado, please visit his website.
PRAISE FOR SECRET SATURDAYS:
"infectiously readable" – Booklist
"resonates with authenticity" – Publishers Weekly