New York City's current and former Chancellors have praised Torrey Maldonado as a top teacher and author. He has taught for over twenty years in his Brooklyn childhood hometown. His middle-grade titles include Tight, which won a Christopher Award and was named a Washington Post and NPR best book of the year and Secret Saturdays. What Lane? is his most recent and listed in Oprah magazine and the NY Times as essential for discussing with children racism and what we're seeing today. Voted a Top Latino Author and best Black Middle Grade and Young Adult novelist, his work reflects his and students’ experiences and is praised for its current feel, realness, and universal themes.