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Rita Williams-Garcia is an American author. She was born on April 13, 1957 in Queens, New York. She has written many award-winning novels. They include Blue Tights, Fast Talk on a Slow Track, Like Sisters on the Homefront, Diamond Land, Jumped, No Laughter Here, Catching the Wild Waiyuuzee, One Crazy Summer, and Every Time a Rainbow Dies. Her works have won five selections and citations (ALA, Notable Books for Children and Adults citation, Booklist Editors’ Choice selection, Coretta Scott King Honor Book selection).
Williams-Garcia's family traveled before they settled in Seaside, California. Her father was in the army. People often made racist remarks to her when she was a child. She has spoken about it in her books and in interviews. Williams-Garcia attended Hofstra University. She paused her writing career to major in economics and pursue her dreams in performing arts. After college, she wrote her first book, Blue Tights. It was repeatedly sent back to her, so Rita stopped writing and took time to have children. Finally, Blue Tights was published and won awards. Williams-Garcia wrote more books.
Awards and accomplishments
|One Crazy Summer||2011||
2011 Coretta Scott King Award Winner
|No Laughter Here||2004||2004-BOOKLIST’s Top 10 Black History Titles for Youth|
Booklist Youth Editors’ Choice
|Every Time a Rainbow Dies||2001||
2003 Silver Kiss (Bologna Children's Book Fair)
1991 PEN/Norma Klein Citation (w/FastTalk on a Slow Track)
|Catching the Wild Waiyuuzee||2000||2001 Bank Street College Best Children’s Books for the Year|
|Fast Talk on a Slow Track||1991||
1991 PEN/Norma Klein Citation
|Like Sisters on the Homefront||1995||
LA Best Book of the Decade
- "Rita Williams-Garcia." Authors and Artists for Young Adults. Vol. 87. Detroit: Gale, 2012. Biography in Context. Web. Accessed 23 March 2015.
- Authors and Artists for Young Adults. "Rita Williams-Garcia." Biography in Context. Gale, 1997. Web. 23 March 2015.