Andrea Beatriz Arango is the Newbery Honor Award-winning author of IVELIZ EXPLAINS IT ALL. She was born and raised in Puerto Rico and is a former public school teacher with almost a decade of teaching experience. Andrea now writes the types of children’s books she wishes students had more access to. She balances her life in Virginia with trips home to see her family and eat lots of tostones de pana. When she’s not busy writing, you can find her enjoying nature in the nearest forest or body of water.