Alex Sanchez, Award-Winning LGBTQ2 Author, Speaker, Editor, Writing Mentor
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Alex Sanchez has authored eight novels for young people, including Rainbow Boys, his groundbreaking debut about a love triangle between three teenage boys. School Library Journal praised Rainbow Boys as “a book that can open eyes and change lives.” Publishers Weekly dubbed Alex a “Flying Start.” And the American Library Association honored the novel as a “Best Book for Young Adults.”
With the success of Rainbow Boys, Simon & Schuster published two sequels, Rainbow High and Rainbow Road. Both books were honored as Lambda Literary Award finalists.
Alex Sanchez’s middle-grade novel for younger readers, So Hard to Say, about the friendship between a gay boy and straight girl, won the prestigious Lambda Literary Award.
His novel Getting It, a sort-of “Queer Eye for the straight teenage boy,” won the Myers Outstanding Book Award and was a runner-up for the International Latino Book Award.
The God Box, about Christian teens struggling to bring together sexuality and spirituality was honored by the New York Public Library as a “Book for the Teen Age.”
Alex’s novel Bait, tackling hard-hitting themes of male sexual abuse, won the Florida Book Award Gold Medal for Young Adult fiction and the Tomas Rivera Mexican-American Children’s Book Award.
His most recent novel, Boyfriends with Girlfriends, explores the lives of bisexual teens. It was chosen as an ALA “Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers” and a Lambda Literary Award Finalist.
Alex Sanchez’s graphic novel about a teen superhero coming of age, coming out, and discovering his superpowers, will be published in 2020 by DC Comics.
Alex’s anthologized short stories include “If You Kiss a Boy” in the collection 13: Thirteen Stories About the Agony and Ecstasy of Being Thirteen, selected by the Junior Library Guild. His story “The Secret Life of a Teenage Boy,” appeared in the anthology All Out: The No-Longer Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages.
In 2011 The Lambda Literary Foundation awarded Alex the Jim Duggins Outstanding Mid-Career Novelists’ Prize to honor his body of work.
He received an attribution in The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language for the word “majorly.”
In 2017 Alex served as a judge for the National Book Award in Young People’s Literature.
Alex Sanchez received his master’s in guidance and counseling from Old Dominion University and worked for many years as a youth and family counselor.
He was born in Mexico City to parents of German-Mexican and Cuban heritage and now lives in Penfield, New York.
Alex Sanchez’s Rainbow Boys (2001): American Library Association 2002 Best Book for Young Adults, International Reading Association 2003 “Young Adults’ Choice,” New York Public Library 2002 “Book for the Teen Age,” Lambda Literary Award 2001 Finalist, The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books “Blue Ribbon Winner,” Book-of-the-Month Club InsightOutBooks.com selection
Rainbow High (2003): Lambda Literary Award 2003 Finalist, New York Public Library 2004 “Book for the Teen Age,” Children’s Book Council Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People 2004, Book-of-the-Month Club InsightOutBooks.com Main Selection, Quality Paperback Book Club Featured Selection
‘“If You Kiss a Boy”’ (short story in the anthology, 13: Thirteen Stories About the Agony and Ecstasy of Being Thirteen, James Howe, Ed., 2003). Selected by the Junior Library Guild.
Alex Sanchez’s So Hard to Say (2004): Lambda Literary Award 2004 Winner; Rhode Island Teen Book Award Nominee; VOYA Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers; Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) Choice; Borders Bookstores “Original Voices: New and Emerging Writers” selection, Book-of-the-Month Club InsightOutBooks.com Featured Selection, Mi Zona Hispana selection, New York Public Library 2005 “Book for the Teen Age,” Quill Award 2005 Nominee
Rainbow Road (2005): Lambda Literary Award 2005 Finalist; New York Public Library 2006 “Book for the Teen Age;” 2009 ALA “Popular Paperback for Young Adults;” Book-of-the-Month Club InsightOutBooks.com Featured Selection
Getting It (2006): Myers Outstanding Book Award 2007 Winner; 9th International Latino Book Awards 2nd place Best Young Adult Fiction – English; New
York Public Library 2007 “Book for the Teen Age;” Book-of-the-Month Club InsightOutBooks.com Featured Selection
Alex Sanchez’s The God Box (2007): New York Public Library 2008 “Book for the Teen Age”; ALA 2014 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults
Bait (2009): Florida Book Award Gold Medal for Young Adult Fiction; 2011 Tomás Rivera Mexican-American Children’s Book Award Winner
Boyfriends with Girlfriends (2011): ALA “Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers;” ALA “Rainbow List”; Bankstreet College of Education Children’s Book Committee
2012 Best Children’s Books of the Year; Lambda Literary Award 2011 Finalist.
‘“The Secret Life of a Teenage Boy”’ (short story in the anthology, All Out: The No Longer Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages, Saundra Mitchell, Ed., 2018). LGBTQ2
In 2011 the Lambda Literary Foundation awarded Sanchez the Jim Duggins Outstanding Mid-Career Novelists’ Prize.
In 2016 he received an attribution in The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language for the word “majorly.”
In 2017 he served as a mentor for We Need Diverse Books and as a judge for the National Book Award in Young People’s Literature.
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