Andrea Beatriz Arango
Iveliz Explains It All
Pitched as The Poet X for middle graders, the novel follows Iveliz as she tries to manage her mental health, all while her new friend calls her crazy and her abuela dismisses the pills and therapy that Iveliz needs to feel like herself.
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication Date: September 13, 2022
“A powerful novel in verse about a girl struggling after a devastating loss. In Iveliz Explains It All, Arango weaves together how the mind forgets, and yet cannot forget.” —Lisa Fipps, Printz Honor-winning author of Starfish
"Iveliz Explains It All is a lyrical, vital, and spunky debut about mental health, grief, and the healing power of self-love . . . A must read.” —Mariama J. Lockington, author of For Black Girls Like Me
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Andrea Beatriz Arango was born and raised in Puerto Rico. She has an Ed.S in Reading Education and works as a public school ESOL teacher by day and writer by night. Andrea balances her life in Virginia with trips home to see her family and eat lots of tostones de pana. When she’s not busy, you can always find her in the nearest body of water or forest.
Tags: Middle Grade, Contemporary, Disability/ND (mental illness rep)