Jennifer Torres is the author of FINDING THE MUSIC/EN POS DE LA MÚSICA, a bilingual picture book published in spring 2015 by Children’s Book Press/Lee & Low Books. She works as a freelance journalist and as coordinator of an early literacy outreach initiative for University of the Pacific. Previously, Jennifer was a reporter for The Record newspaper, covering education, demographics, children and families. Originally from Southern California, she now lives in Stockton with her husband, David Siders, and daughters, Alice and Soledad.
Jennifer’s debut novel, STEF SOTO, TACO QUEEN (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, January 3, 2017) is a middle grade contemporary novel. Seventh grader Estefania “Stef” Soto is itching to shake off the onion-and-cilantro embrace of Tia Perla, her family’s taco truck. She wants nothing more than for her dad to get a normal job and for Tía Perla to be put out to pasture. But just when it looks like Stef is going to get exactly what she wants, she will have to become the truck’s unlikely champion.
The craziest thing she did when she was 17: OK, it’s not exactly crazy, but it’s kind of a cool coincidence: I was 17 (and a senior at Alverno High School in Sierra Madre, Calif.) the first time something I’d written was published. It was a personal essay about making tamales with my family – but also about love and tradition and growing up. It ran in the Los Angeles Times.
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