Christina Diaz Gonzalez

Christina Diaz Gonzalez is the award-winning author of The Red UmbrellaA Thunderous Whisper, Moving Target/Return Fire series, and an upcoming book in the Spirit Animals: Fall of the Beasts series.

Her books have been featured on multiple state reading lists and have received numerous honors, including the American Library Association’s Best Fiction for Young Adults and the International Literacy Association’s Teacher’s Choice Award.

Publications such as Publisher’s Weekly, The Miami Herald, School Library Journal, and The Washington Post have called her novels engrossing, compelling, and inspirational.

Christina is a dynamic speaker who loves connecting with students, teachers, librarians and writers. During her presentations she shares her path to writing, the importance of following your dreams, and the empowering feeling of recognizing that we are all the heroes of our own lives.

Christina currently lives in Miami, Florida, with her husband, sons, and a dog that can open doors.


The Red Umbrella (published in English and Spanish)

  • American Library Association Best Fiction for Young Adults
  • ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
  • Top Ten Indie Next Book
  • International Reading Association – Teacher’s Choice Book
  • CCBC Choices Book
  • Skipping Stones Honor Award
  • International Latino Book Award – Silver Medal
  • ALA Quick Pick for Young Adult Reluctant Readers
  • Florida Book Award – Gold Medal
  • Nebraska Book Award – Gold Medal
  • Oregon State Reading List
  • Nebraska State Reading List
  • Arizona State Reading List
  • Latina Magazine’s Best Book of the Year
  • ABC New Voices Pick
  • Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Book
  • Christian Science Monitor’s Best Children’s Book
  • 2017 YALSA Amazing Audiobook

A Thunderous Whisper

  • Notable Social Studies Book
  • International Latino Book Award – Silver Medal
  • Scholastic Book Fair Featured Book

Moving Target (published in English, German, and Turkish)

  • ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
  • Scholastic Book Fair Featured Title
  • Texas (Lone Star) Reading List
  • Ohio (Buckeye) State Reading List
  • Maine State Reading List
  • Florida (Sunshine State) Reading List
  • Florida Book Award – Bronze
  • International Latino Book Award – Honorable Mention

Return Fire (published in English, German, and Turkish)

  • Debuted as #1 Bestseller on Amazon for Children’s Hispanic Books
  • Florida Book Award – Silver Medal


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