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Our Mentors

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. She’s also a web designer and an entrepreneur. She loves pineapple pizza, seafood, and chocolate, but not in a single dish together (eww). Gail and her husband live in the outskirts of Manila with their dogs, ducks, turtles, cats, and one friendly but lonesome chicken. Her debut novel MY FATE ACCORDING TO THE BUTTERFLY (Scholastic, 2019) was named a Best Book of the Year by Kirkus Reviews, an Amazon Best Book of the Month Editor’s Pick, and a NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People. Gail’s next book, SUGAR AND SPITE, will be published by Scholastic in Spring 2021. Learn more at www.gaildvillanueva.com.

Alyssa Eisner Henkin
Birch Path Literary

Other Published Works

My Fate According to the Butterfly (Scholastic Press, July 2019)

Favorite Books

Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan
All the Ways Home by Elsie Chapman
Keep It Together, Keiko Carter by Debbi Michiko Florence
King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender
Lalani of the Distant Sea by Erin Entrada Kelly

Years Mentored
2017, 2020
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