Torrey Maldonado - Author and Educator


Author    Educator

Torrey Maldonado - Author and Educator


School Library Journal, starred review

“Maldonado excels at depicting realistic and authentic interactions between middle school boys. An excellent addition to libraries with fans of David Barclay Moore’s The Stars Beneath Our Feet, Jason Reynold’s Ghost, and character-driven fiction.”

Jacqueline Woodson, National Book Award-winning author of Brown Girl Dreaming

“I was riveted by Bryan’s journey, breaking down stereotypes and becoming his own kind of superhero. This, in and of itself, is not only Bryan’s superpower but Maldonado’s as well. Loved this book!”

Lately, Bryan’s been feeling it in all kinds of ways…

Bryan knows what’s tight for him–reading comics, drawing superheroes, and hanging out with no drama. But drama is every day where he’s from, and that gets him tight, wound up.

And now Bryan’s friend Mike pressures him with ideas of fun that are crazy risky. At first, it’s a rush following Mike, hopping turnstiles, subway surfing, and getting into all kinds of trouble. But Bryan never really feels right acting so wrong, and drama really isn’t him. So which way will he go, especially when his dad tells him it’s better to be hard and feared than liked?

But if there’s one thing Bryan’s gotten from his comic heroes, it’s that he has power–to stand up for what he feels…

Torrey Maldonado delivers a fast-paced, insightful, dynamic story capturing urban community life. Readers will connect with Bryan’s journey as he navigates a tough world with a heartfelt desire for a different life.

See Torrey Maldonado reading Tight

Awards for Tight

  • Christopher Award
  • Washington Post Best Children’s Book of the Year
  • NPR Best Book of the Year
  • ALA Notable
  • ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant YA Readers
  • CCBC Choices 2019
  • ALSC Notable Children’s Recordings


  • Books with no curses and zero sex
  • Hooking kids to books
  • The emotional lives of teens
  • Bullying
  • Relationships
  • Turning boys into better men
  • Developing positive leaders
  • School life
  • City life
  • The power of parenting