Diane Gonzales Bertrand - book author
Diane Gonzales Bertrand’s vivid imagination led her to write her first novel in the fifth grade. Her creativity didn’t stop there. She went on to write school plays, Girl Scout skits, and poetry. When Diane became a teacher, she created funny soap operas, religious plays, and translated Shakespeare into easier words for her students to enjoy and perform. Today, Diane writes stories for families to read together.
Diane’s many accomplishments include: National Hispanic Scholar, Author for PEN Center (New York) Writer-in-School Program, Member National Council Teachers of English, Member Texas Council of Creative Writing Teachers, and Texas Writers’ League. Diane has published nine young adult novels and six picture books, and has received several awards from the national Latino Literary Hall of Fame for her children’s picture books and young adult novels. Her recent children’s book with Raven Tree Press, My Pal, Victor / Mi amigo, Víctor was recognized by the American Library Association (ALA) as the 2005 winner of The Schneider Family Book Award for best picture book for young children. The award honors an author and illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences.
Diane earned her B.A. in English and History from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and her M.A. in Communication Arts from Our Lady of the Lake University. She currently works as Writer-in-Residence at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX, where she teaches English Composition and Creative Writing.
Source: Raven Tree Press
Diane Gonzales Bertrand is the author of books: Trino's Choice, My Pal, Victor / Mi amigo, Victor, The Empanadas that Abuela Made / Las empanadas que hacía la abuela, Sweet Fifteen, Trino's Time, The Party For Papa Luis / La Fiesta Para Papa Luis, We Are Cousins/Somos Primos, Sip, Slurp, Soup, Soup - Caldo, Caldo, Caldo, The Park Our Town Built / El parque que nuestro pueblo construyó, Family / Familia
Preparations for the traditional quinceanera celebration marking young Stephanie's fifteenth birthday serve as the backdrop for a traditional, Mexican-American family struggling with the problems of breaching the gap between male and female, young and old. The unexpected death of Stephanie's father, a loving but domineering and influential man who ran his business and his family with an equally firm hand, has cast a shadow over Stephanie's quinceanera party, which is supposed to mark her transition to womanhood. Rita, the young seamstress charged with designing Stephanie's gown, detects the girl's reluctance to go through with what she considers an outmoded tradition. Her efforts to convince Stephanie's Uncle Brian that the girl needs a compassionate friend more than a dress lead to a budding romance between the two.