The Knife and the Butterfly (2013 Texas TAYSHAS selection, 2013-2014 Indiana Rosie Award choice, 2013 Spirit of Texas featured title)
Lexi Allen would love to forget the fight, would love for it to disappear back into the Xanax fog it came from. And her mother and her lawyer hope she chooses not to remember too much about the brawl—at least when it’s time to testify. Lexi knows that there’s more at stake in her trial than her life alone, though. Azael needs the truth. The knife cut, but somehow it also connected.
"An unflinching portrait with an ending that begs for another reading." --Kirkus Reviews
"Like Ashley Hope Pérez, I have been a teacher in inner-city Houston and a writer of young adult fiction. I am in a perfect position to watch in awe as she completelynails our students' experiences in her harrowing, heart-rending, and ultimately hopeful The Knife and the Butterfly. ·This is the book I wish I'd had the guts to write!" ··--Jordan Sonnenblick, best-selling YA author of Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie
What Can't Wait (2012 YALSA Best Fiction for YA, 2012-13 Georgia Peach Book Award nominee, 2013 Kentucky Bluegrass Award finalist, current finalist for the 2013-2014 South Carolina YA Book Award)
Seventeen-year-old Marisa Moreno has smarts and plenty of promise, but she’s marooned in a broken-down Houston neighborhood—and in a Mexican immigrant family where making ends meet matters more than making it to college. At school, it's another story. Marisa's calc teacher expects her to ace the AP test and to get into an engineering program in Austin—a city that seems unimaginably far away. When her home life becomes unbearable, Marisa seeks comfort elsewhere—and suddenly neither her best friend nor boyfriend can get through to her. Caught between the expectations of two different worlds and carrying a dark secret, Marisa will finally have to decide what can't wait.
"... a hopeful but never too-tidy ending. Un magnifico debut." --Kirkus Reviews