A Mystery Bigger Than Big: A Mickey Rangel Mystery / Un misterio mas grande que grandisimo: Colecci
"VERDICT Kids will enjoy this solid addition. Recommended, especially for public libraries with bilingual collections." —Selena Paz from Helen Hall Library in League City TX
Heartbeat of the Soul of the World: New and Selected Stories
My second collection of short fiction.
Dale, dale, dale: una fiesta de números/Hit It, Hit It, Hit It: A Fiesta of Numbers
Illustrated by Carolyn Dee Flores
Mystery of the Mischievous Marker: A Mickey Rangel Mystery
"Saldaña's prose is peppy, and his mystery, while quickly solved, hammers home a solid grammar lesson as a bonus." Kirkus Reviews
Dancing with the Devil and Other Tales from Beyond
VOYA writes, "The stories range from genuinely frightening to gloriously gruesome, but all of them are memorable."
The Lemon Tree Caper: A Mickey Rangel Mystery
Kirkus Reviews calls it a "brisk novella," which it's not, but I'll take it. I mean, it's not a novella, it's a chapter book, a bilingual one at that; the 2nd installment in the Mickey Rangel mystery series.
A Good Long Way (Pinata Books, 2010)
Alicia Sondhi in ForeWord Magazine: "A poignant, brief novel that leaves a lasting impression, A Good Long Way is a meaningful read for teens by an author with a deep understanding of the struggles and rewards of growing up."
The Case of the Pen Gone Missing: A Mickey Rangel Mystery (Piñata Books, 2009)
This book "...will engage intermediate readers in both languages, English and Spanish, and offers multiple possibilities for school projects, group discussions and read-aloud sessions." --Kirkus Reviews ***NOW OUT!!!*** (to order, click on cover above)
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The Whole Sky Full of Stars (Wendy Lamb Books/Random House, 2007)
Junior Library Guild Premier Selection--2007
The Jumping Tree (Delacorte/Random House, 2001)
New York Times Book Review: Patrick Markee: a "warm coming-of-age novel" … Saldaña "immerse[s] the reader in the texture and detail of hardscrabble family life in a Texas border town."
Originally from Nuevo Peñitas in South Texas (a suburb of Peñitas Viejo), I now live in Lubbock, TX, with my wife Tina; our sons, Lukas, Mikah, and Jakob, and our daughter Kalyn; our cats Cotton and Gordon (and when she wants, Dottie); and our dogs Sadie and Chito; where I teach at Texas Tech University (in their College of Education).