My Papi Has a Motorcycle, Illustrated by Zeke Peña (KOKILA, 2019)

Ugly Cat and Pablo and the Missing Brother (Scholastic, 2018)

Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide (Getty Publications, March 2018, limited release in Southern California September 2017)
Written by Isabel Quintero Illustrated by Zeke Peña                                                                                                                                                                                    This graphic novel chronicles the artistic life of renown photographer Graciela Iturbide from her conservative beginnings to her travels around the world. With poetic prose and gripping illustrations, Quintero and Peña explore the work and life of one of Mexico’s most celebrated contemporary photographers.

Ugly Cat and Pablo (Scholastic Inc., 2017)

The first book in the series. Ugly Cat is dying for a paleta, or ice pop, and his friend Pablo is determined to help him get one by scaring a little girl who is enjoying a coconut paleta in the park. Things go horribly wrong when, instead of being scared, the little girl picks Pablo up and declares that he would make a great snack for her pet snake. Oh and there’s also the small problem that Ugly Cat may have inadvertently swallowed Pablo in all of the commotion!

Ugly Cat and his impeccably dressed mouse friend, Pablo, are an unlikely and dynamic duo who will win young readers over with their ridiculously silly antics and their search for tasty treats.


Gabi, A Girl in Pieces -Cinco Puntos Press, 2014

If only her father weren’t addicted to meth. If only she wasn’t such a bad girl (according to her mother). If only she didn’t like beef jerky  so much. It’s her senior year of high school and Gabi needs to figure things out before she goes off to college. That’s IF she’s accepted to any schools at all.

Winner of the William C. Morris Award for YA Debut Novel

Gold Medal Winner of the California Book Award for Young Adult 2015

School Library Journal Best Books of 2014
Booklist Best Books of 2014
Amelia Bloomer List, part of the American Library Association, Social Responsibilities Round Table’s Feminist Task Force
2015 YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, Top 10 Selection
2015 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults
2015 Tomás Rivera Book Award, Works for Older Children
2015 Paterson Prize for Books for Young People, Grades 7-12
2015 Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens


Huizache Issue 5: “Mourning the Death of Robin Williams”, and, “November 9, 2014, Iguala, Guerrero)

Poetry by Isabel Quintero Pacific Review 

The Pacific Review


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