Angela was born and raised in Kansas. Most of her childhood was spent in Topeka, Kansas living in the Mexican-American community of Oakland. Her family also spent a lot of time in El Dorado and Wichita visiting a slew of aunts, uncles and cousins on weekends.


Angela graduated from the University of Kansas (Go Jayhawks!) with a degree in English. After KU, she moved to Brownsville, Texas. In Brownsville, Angela was introduced to the music of Selena, ceviche, and learned to two-step. After Brownsville, Angela moved to Guadalajara, Mexico, where for two years she taught English and literature. In 2003, Angela returned to Kansas City, completed an MBA, co-founded an all-female poetry group, and began working at an international children’s organization.


In 2005, Angela’s short story, “Pork Chop Sandwiches” was published in Chicken Soup for the Latino Soul. In 2007 she won third place for Creative Nonfiction in the Missouri Review’s audio competition for her story “House of Women” and Kansas City Voices’ Best of Prose Award (Whispering Prairie Press) for her short story, “Ten Hail Marys”. In 2008, she was recognized as one of Kansas City’s Emerging Writers by the Kansas City Star Magazine. In 2014, she was named one of the Top Ten New Latino Authors to Watch by LatinoStories.Com.

Angela’s first novel, Gaby, Lost and Found [Scholastic Press], was released on August 1, 2013. Angela’s second middle-grade novel, Allie, First At Last, was released on March 30, 2016.
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Interviews and guest posts with author

Gutsy, Funny and Flawed: Angela Cervantes on Crafting Strong Latina Characters (May, 2016)
Meet the Author: Angela Cervantes; Johnson County Library (April, 2016)
Piñata Busters and Trailblazers, Guest Post; Latin@s in KidLit (March 2016)
Meet acclaimed author Angela Cervantes; Scholastic blog: On Our Minds (April 2016)
Interview with Angela Cervantes, Kansas Alumni Magazine (November 2014)
Interview with Angela Cervantes, Allison’s Book Bag (July 2014)
Angela Cervantes on Publishing and her Animal-loving Latina Protagonist; Latinos in KidLit (May, 2014)
Angela Cervantes talks about her name, (May, 2014)
Interview with Angela Cervantes, La Bloga (May 2014)
Interview with Angela Cervantes, Musings of a Children’s Writer(March 2014)
Interview with Angela Cervantes, The Debutante Ball (Dec 2013)