NoNieqa Ramos

The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary


Macy’s school officially classifies her as “disturbed,” but Macy isn’t interested in how others define her. She’s got more pressing problems: her mom can’t move off the couch, her dad’s in prison, her brother’s been kidnapped by Child Protective Services, and now her best friend isn’t speaking to her. Writing in a dictionary format, Macy explains the world in her own terms complete with gritty characters and outrageous endeavors. With an honesty that’s both hilarious and fearsome, slowly Macy reveals why she acts out, why she can’t tell her incarcerated father that her mom’s cheating on him, and why her best friend needs protection . . . the kind of protection that involves Macy’s machete.

NoNieqa Ramos

Raised in the Boogie Down Bronx, NoNieqa Ramos is an award-winning educator, literary activist, and writer of “intense” young adult literature. She writes to amplify marginalized voices and to reclaim the lost history, mythology and poetry of the Latinx community. Carolrhoda Labs released her debut novel The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary February 1st 2018. Her second novel, The Book of Love will be released fall 2019. She is a passionate supporter of the #weneeddiversebooks and #ownvoices movement. On Twitter, she follows @POCinpub @LatinxinPublishing and @LatinxinKidPub. NoNieqa lives with her soulmate, her beloved kiddos, and pet menagerie in Virginia. Visit her online at #DiversityShallSetUsFree #MeToo #EnoughisEnough #Kidlitwomen


Friday, October 19

9:00-9:45am • Panel Discussion – Nice for What?

Location:  DSU 3023-25

Sheroes tend to get a bad rap. But if female characters don’t get written from all angles, the same old character will keep showing up. And writing the same-old is way too blasé for these authors.

Along with these authors:
Brenda Rufener
Tanaz Bhathena
Amanda Foody
Moderated by Kelly deVos

6:00-6:45am • Panel Discussion – Forging Fierce Females

Location: 643 Sports Bar (360 E 8th Ave)

Bring your bestie and make a mental reservation to join these wonderful authors to talk books over dinner. All of these authors write fierce female characters that aren’t afraid to stand up for themselves and their friends. (The taproom will be reserved, but no drinks unless you’re 21 or older!)

Along with these authors:
Amy Spalding
Sarah Nicole Smetana
Katie Cotugno
Courtney Stevens
Moderated by Kate Hart