New York City’s current and former Chancellors have praised Torrey Maldonado as a top teacher and author. He has taught for over twenty years in his native Brooklyn hometown. Voted a Top Latino Author and best Black Middle Grade and Young Adult novelist, Secret Saturdays, Tight, and What Lane? mirrors his and students’ experiences and are honored for their current feel, realness, and universal themes. Fans and critics of comics, Sci-Fi, and fantasy applaud Tight and What Lane? for using media’s superheroes to show young people as everyday heroes. JacquelineWoodson, National Book Award–winning author of Brown Girl Dreaming, loved Tight, saying “I was riveted by Bryan’s journey, breaking down stereotypes and becoming his own kind of superhero”. The Brooklyn Eagle said, “Moviegoers who sold out Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ at the box office and [fans] of ‘Miles Morales: Spider-Man’ will relate to [Tight’s] affinity for heroes”. It was a Best book of the Year by Washington Post and NPR and won a humanitarian Christopher Award. Oprah magazine and the NY Times listed What Lane? as essential for discussing everyday racism and allyship. Visit him at torreymaldonado.com on Twitter, and Instagram.