Sanchez, Alex


Alex Sanchez is the award-winning Mexican-American author best known for his 2001 debut novel, Rainbow Boys, selected by the American Library Association as a “Best Book for Young Adults,” and praised by School Library Journal as a book that could “open eyes and change lives.”

The success of that first novel led to two Rainbow sequels and the Lambda Award-winning middle-grade novel, So Hard to Say. His novel, The God Box, explores the intersection between sexuality and spirituality. And his novel, Getting It, won the Myers Outstanding Book Award for Human Rights.

Alex’s novel, Bait, won the Florida Book Award Gold Medal for young adult fiction and the Tomás Rivera Mexican-American Children’s Book Award. His latest novel, Boyfriends with Girlfriends, focuses on bisexual teens. From the start, all of Alex’s novels have featured Latino protagonists.

Born in Mexico, Alex immigrated to the United States with his family when he was five. He received his master’s degree in guidance and counseling from Old Dominion University and for many years worked as a youth and family counselor. He divides his time between Florida and Thailand. And you can visit him at


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