NoldoArmando Rendón, longtime Collegiate Seminar faculty member, is a finalist in the 16th Annual International Latino Book Awards competition for a fantastical tale of a West Side boy’s adventures in the San Antonio of the 1950s—and of 1836. His book, titled Noldo and his Magical Scooter at the Battle of the Alamo, is based on his own youth and his study of the famous battle.

Rendón, class of 1961 and a native of San Antonio, will be competing in the “Best Young Adult Latino Focused Book – Spanish or Bilingual” category. His book is in English and Spanish, back to back.

“Receiving this recognition for my Noldo story is gratifying, of course,” Rendón says, “but it also allows me to advocate even more strongly for Latino writers to focus their talents on reaching young people. There are not enough books aimed at middle and high school Latino youth where they can see themselves as heroes.”

The Awards themselves will be held June 28th in Las Vegas, Nevada, as part of the American Library Association Convention.

The Noldo story is available from the publisher, Floricanto Press (, through the Saint Mary’s bookstore, and from online and retail outlets.

Latino Literacy Now, an organization co-founded by Edward James Olmos and Kirk Whisler, produces the Awards competition, which is co-presented by Las Comadres de las Americas and Reforma, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos.

Contact:  Armando Rendón


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