Books by Francisco X. Stork

DISAPPEARED by Francisco X. Stork
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"A tense thriller elevated by Stork's nuanced writing and empathy for every character, including the villains—superb. (Thriller. 12-adult)"
Sara Zapata and her brother, Emiliano, do their best to survive with their integrity intact while their beloved Juárez is overrun and endangered by a web of criminals that even involve the police and local government officials. Read full book review >
THE MEMORY OF LIGHT by Francisco X. Stork
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Following Schneider Award-winning Marcelo in the Real World (2009), Stork further marks himself as a major voice in teen literature by delivering one of his richest and most emotionally charged novels yet.(Fiction. 12 & up)"
After a failed suicide attempt, 16-year-old Vicky Cruz wakes up in a hospital's mental ward, where she must find a path to recovery—and maybe rescue some others. Read full book review >
IRISES by Francisco X. Stork
FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"At times the family dynamics and symbolism seem forced, but there is plenty of poignancy in questions of faith that are raised. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Two sisters in El Paso face weighty decisions following their father's sudden death. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2010

"Yet it will be a hard-hearted reader indeed who fails to root for the tentative unfurling of this unusual friendship or closes the book without a renewed appreciation for life's ephemeral beauty. (Fiction. YA)"
An ambitious bildungsroman tackles the Big Issues: love, life and death. Read full book review >
MARCELO IN THE REAL WORLD by Francisco X. Stork
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2009

"Making good on the promise of his Way of the Jaguar (2000), Stork delivers a powerful tale populated by appealing (and decidedly unappealing) characters and rich in emotional nuance. (Fiction. YA)"
In what turns out to be considerably more than just another tale told by an intelligent narrator with a spectrum disorder, 17-year-old Marcelo Sandoval gets a life-changing taste of the "real world" when he's forced to take a summer job in his father's law firm. Read full book review >
BEHIND THE EYES by Francisco X. Stork
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 2006

"Nevertheless, the narrative ultimately functions effectively as both cautionary tale and success story. (Fiction. YA)"
Life for Hector, a Chicano youth growing up hard in the gritty streets of El Paso, changes irrevocably the night that his brother Filiberto is murdered by the leader of the Discipulos gang. Read full book review >