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It’s September, and yesterday the Hogwarts Express left Platform 9 3/4 without me. Again. Although this summer has been pretty eventful (Coco attacked by a pitbull, Princess Peach spraining her foot, and Swan having an emergency appendectomy on Sunday night), I still haven’t received my invitation to attend Camp Half Blood. I swear I’m Poseidon’s […]

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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

I debated whether or not to write this. I don’t want to jinx myself writing a bio and ruining my chances of being chosen by one of the mentors. But then, the other option was obsessing over my twitter feed. So I deleted my twitter app from my phone and decided to jump in. Why […]

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Monday, 18 August 2014

I’m still recovering after the World Cup final. What an amazing adventure Brazil was! It gave us James Rodriguez and his dance moves. And his goals: Mascherano and his Braveheart like talk to Chiquito Romero His hug with Messi when we qualified for the final Messi’s happy tears  And his tears of sadness even when […]

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Brazil 2014 starts today, and I admit, I’m happier than a kid on Christmas morning or my middle schooler on the last day of school. In my house, we breathe, eat, drink, and dream futbol (I detest the word soccer, sorry). This is the one time my two passions merge. Books and sports are beautiful. […]

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A CHAIR OF EVERY COLOR Query: A young ballerina crippled by anxiety finds healing in the world of competitive Irish dancing.   Florencia del Lago’s immigrant parents raised her to be a go-getter, an over achiever. So of course everyone was thrilled when she landed the part of Clara in The Nutcracker. But on opening […]

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Thursday, 1 May 2014

Five years ago this happened. Five years ago! I now realize that there are a lot of books in Spanish for children that are incredible difficult to find in the US. And not only books for children, books, in general. I ordered Cien Años de Soledad right before Gabriel Garcia Marquez died and I’m still […]

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I don’t remember exactly where I was 20 years ago. In 1994 I was in high school, fighting to learn English and apply to BYU. Everything is a blur. But one night that year, during the Eurovision show held in Dublin, the world met Michael Flatly, the Celtic Tiger. And Riverdance was born. Years later, […]

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Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Thank you so much to those who took a moment to leave a comment on the Utah Children’s Writers blog. I really appreciate your support! I love 30 Days, 30 Stories. I participated in it for the first time in 2009. It was the first time I dared share my writing with the world. My […]

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Thursday, 24 April 2014

Tonight I’m heading up to the beautiful city of Layton for one of my favorite events of the year, the annual LDStorymakers Writers Conference. It really is like General Conference for writers. This will be my fourth year attending, and it never ceases to astonish me how much I learn each year. Plus all the wonderful people […]

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Valentine’s Day is just one day away, and what better way to celebrate than with books?  Everything is better when you celebrate with books, especially if the book is beautiful, magical, timeless love story.If you’re a guy, and you just groaned and reached to close this post, please, don’t. Even Star Wars is a love […]

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Yamile Saied Mendez

Yamile (sha-MEE-lay) Saied Méndez is a fútbol-obsessed Argentine-American, Picture Book, Middle Grade, and Young Adult author.

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