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About the Author
Anna Meriano grew up in Houston, Texas, with an older brother and a younger brother but (tragically) no sisters. She graduated from Rice University with a degree in English and earned her MFA in creative writing with an emphasis in writing for children from the New School in New York. She has taught creative writing and high school English and works as a writing tutor. Anna likes reading, knitting, playing full-contact quidditch, and translating English song lyrics into Spanish and vice-versa. Her favorite baked goods are the kind that don't fly away before you eat them.
Mirelle Ortega is an illustrator and concept artist currently living in California. She's originally from the southeast of Mexico, and has a passion for storytelling, sci-fi, film, TV, color, and culture. Mirelle has a BFA from the Tecnológico de Monterrey (Monterrey, Mexico) in digital art and 3D animation and an MFA from Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She is fluent in Spanish and English. Visit her online at mirelleortega.com.
"Meriano sets up a promising premise for a sweetly joyful series."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Chock full of humor, magic, friendship and sisterhood, Anna Meriano's debut launches a new series that celebrates Mexican-American culture and traditions."--BookPage
★ "Meriano builds a wonderful contemporary world in small-town Texas, full of diverse characters, where magic feels right at home and muggles will feel equally welcome. A series opener that's proof that windows and mirrors can be magical ingredients."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
★ "A delectable debut with wide appeal."--School Library Journal (starred review)
★ "Full of spirit and humor, A Dash of Trouble truly is love, sugar and magic."--Shelf Awareness (starred review)