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About the Author

Adrianna Cuevas is the author of the Pura Belpre honor book The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez, the Edgar Award winning The Ghosts of Rancho Espanto, and many other popular middle grade titles. She is a first-generation Cuban-American originally from Miami, Florida. A former Spanish and ESOL teacher, Adrianna currently resides outside of Austin, Texas with her husband and son. When not working with TOEFL students, wrangling multiple pets including an axolotl, and practicing fencing with her son, she is writing her next middle grade novel.


She is represented by Stefanie Sanchez Von Borstel of Full Circle Literary.

Hey school kiddos! Here's 25 random facts about Adrianna Cuevas!

- I grew up speaking English and Spanish.

- I've lived in three countries- the US, Panama, and Costa Rica.

- I'm a huge horror fan. Zombies are my favorite!

- I'm a fencer. I fence with my left hand even though I write with my right hand.

- I'm a huge hockey fan and the Florida Panthers are my favorite team.

- I grew up in Florida and as a kid I loved going out in the Everglades to look for alligators.

- Cuban food is my favorite kind of food. Medianoches (Cuban sandwiches) are the best!

- I have a dog named Cookie and a cat named Candy. Cookie thinks they're best friends.

- I have one older sister who is a nursing professor and the smartest person I know!

- I love to bake desserts, especially monster-sized chocolate chip cookies.

- I was a teacher for 16 years and loved working with students learning English.

- My favorite animal is a llama because they spit!

- I have one son who plays the bassoon in his school's band.

- My husband was an Army military policeman and he was the inspiration for Nestor's dad in The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez.

- I love being near water, whether I'm kayaking, swimming, or going to the beach.

- There is a character named Mr. Gearhart in every one of my books. That's my brother in law!

- I'm a huge kpop fan and my favorite group is BTS.

- I have a garden and love growing my own food, but somehow can't manage to grow cucumbers.

- I have to listen to music when I write because I can't write in silence.

- My dream vacation is to walk the Camino de Santiago in Spain and France.

- I played the piano and the violin as a kid.

- I have adhd and think it's my superpower as a writer.

- I have a master's degree in linguistics and love learning about languages.

- I love going to art museums. Modern art is my favorite.

- One of my favorite reader reactions was when a reader told me they got mad because I usually end my chapters on cliff hangers and that meant they had to keep reading. That's the plan!

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