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Gail D. Villanueva
Gail D. Villanueva is not mentoring this year, but has mentored Middle Grade
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Gail D. Villanueva
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Gail D. Villanueva is a Filipino author born and based in the Philippines. MY FATE ACCORDING TO THE BUTTERFLY, her debut novel, was a 2019 Kirkus Best Book of the Year, an Amazon Best Book of the Month Editor’s Pick, and an NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People. Her next middle grade novel, SUGAR AND SPITE (Scholastic), will be published on April 20, 2021. Gail is also a web designer, an entrepreneur, and a graphic artist. She loves pineapple pizza, seafood, and chocolate, but not in a single dish together (ewww). Gail and her husband live in the outskirts of Manila with their dogs, ducks, turtles, cats, and one friendly but lonesome chicken.

In Pitch Wars 2017, Gail co-mentored with Isabelle Adrid.

Alyssa Eisner Henkin
Trident Media Group

Recent Favorite Books
  • The Boy Who Could Make Himself Disappear by Kin Platt
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  • The Joyluck Club by Amy Tan
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
  • The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
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