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Jonny Garza Villa

Jonny Garza Villa is an author of contemporary young adult literature with characters and settings inspired by their own Tejane, Chicane, and queer identities, including their most recent work, Canto Contigo, part grief novel, part rivals-to-lovers romance all about the epic highs and lows of high school mariachi. Their other work includes debut YA novel Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun, a Pura Belpré Honor Book and a Kirkus Best YA Fiction of 2021 selection, and their sophomore contemporary YA, Ander & Santi Were Here, a Barnes & Noble YA Book Club pick and an AudioFile Earphone Award Winner. When not writing, Jonny enjoys reading, playing Dungeons and Dragons, visiting taquerías, listening to Selena, and caring for their many plant children. They live in San Antonio.

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  • Canto Contigo by Jonny Garza Villa

    Canto Contigo

    When a Mariachi star transfers schools, he expects to be handed his new group's lead vocalist spot—what he gets instead is a tenacious current lead with a very familiar, very kissable face.

    In a twenty-four-hour span, Rafael Alvarez led North Amistad High School’s Mariachi Alma de la Frontera to their eleventh consecutive first-place win in the Mariachi Extravaganza de Nacional; and met, made out with, and almost hooked up with one of the cutest guys he’s ever met.

    Now eight months later, Rafie’s ready for one final win. What he didn’t plan for is his family moving to San Antonio before his senior year, forcing him to leave behind his group while dealing with the loss of the most important person in his life—his beloved abuelo. Another hitch in his plan: The Selena Quintanilla-Perez Academy’s Mariachi Todos Colores already has a lead vocalist, Rey Chavez—the boy Rafie made out with—who now stands between him winning and being the great Mariachi Rafie's abuelo always believed him to be. Despite their newfound rivalry for center stage, Rafie can’t squash his feelings for Rey. Now he must decide between the people he’s known his entire life or the one just starting to get to know the real him.

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