Tracy López is a novelist and poet born and raised in Maryland just outside Washington, DC. When she isn’t writing, she loves to read, create art, and bake pan dulce. She now lives in the beautiful mountain state of West Virginia with her husband, sons, and a silly hound dog. Detour Ahead, co-authored with Pamela Ehrenberg, is her first children’s book. You can find her online at tracylopezbooks.com.
Every morning, Gilah—a 12-year-old neurodiverse Jewish girl who loves breakdancing and is preparing for her bat mitzvah—takes the public Metrobus to her school in Washington, DC. This year Gilah is finally allowed to ride alone, but not everything goes as planned. When the bus swerves too close to a boy riding his bicycle in Columbia Heights, only one passenger, Gilah, seems to notice and finds the courage to speak up. Guillermo—a 13-year-old Salvadoran American boy— has just moved to the area and helps out at his family’s new bakery. Until he can earn enough money to repair his bike, Guillermo takes the H4 bus with Gilah. Through Guillermo’s poetry and Gilah’s prose, the two navigate the detours of their families, their friendship, and themselves.
Co-author Pamela Ehrenberg’s website: here
Publisher: PJ Publishing, an imprint of PJ Library (March 23, 2022)
Reading age: 9 -12
Contact Tracy López at TracyLopezBooks (at) gmail (dot) com or through the contact form below.