children's-YA author Cynthia Leitich Smith

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Cynthia Leitich Smith is the New York Times and Publishers Weekly best-selling YA author of the TANTALIZE series, the FERAL series, and RAIN IS NOT MY INDIAN NAME. Cynthia has also published YA short stories, narrative nonfiction, graphic novels and books for younger children, including JINGLE DANCER and INDIAN SHOES.

Her novels have received numerous awards and honors and are often noted for their diverse characters, humor, lyricism, fantastical elements, compelling action, and mid-to-southwestern settings.

Cynthia was named a Writer of the Year by Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers in recognition of RAIN IS NOT MY INDIAN NAME and has been twice featured at the National Book Festival. Most recently, she was named the first Spirit of Texas YA author by the Young Adult Round Table of the Texas Library Association.

She is a member of the Austin chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and is a lifetime member of the Writers' League of Texas.

Cynthia makes her home in central Austin.