Torrey Maldonado writes critically acclaimed middle grade books whose popularity stretches into younger and high school grades. His latest book is What Lane? He has contributed to anthologies of diverse, literary all-stars creators. Overcoming failing, culturally unresponsive schools plus hardships in Brooklyn’s Red Hook projects where he was born and raised, he grew to graduate Vassar College and earn a Masters in Educational Administration from Baruch College. Voted a "Top 10 Latino Author" & best Black Middle Grade & Young Adult novelist, his writing reflects his students’ and his experiences from where has taught for nearly twenty-five years.