I visited a third juvenile detention facility last month, and while the program was similar to my other visits (read from my novel The Brothers Torres, spend an hour or so talking about it and answering questions) this visit was … Continue reading


Juvie Book Tour, 2011

In September I took part in what I would describe as a small book tour of juvenile detention facilities. As part of the American Library Association’s Great Stories CLUB, my novel THE BROTHERS TORRES was selected (along with Jennifer Brown’s … Continue reading


The New Normal?

Last night after dinner, my kids watched an episode of the PBS Kids show Super Why. As in every episode of the show, Super Why and the other Super Readers had to go into a book to find the answer … Continue reading


On Dogs and their Rag Hats

My four year-old son, Dayton, has begun to show an interest in reading. Because sitting down for any length of time to concentrate on one task is still challenging for him—he tends to turn into a wailing, boneless creature about … Continue reading


One Face/One Language

In our household, we’ve adopted the “one face/one language” practice; I speak Spanish to our kids (Annie, 2 and Dayton, 4 1/2) and my wife speaks English. I’m not a native speaker, but I am fluent, and because I did … Continue reading


That’s What Writing Is

I always wanted to be an actor. I was in all the plays in high school, and I was a Theatre and Spanish major in college. It wasn’t even a matter of me wanting to be one; I simply knew … Continue reading


Coert Voorhees

About Coert Voorhees

Coert Voorhees is the author of the novel The Brothers Torres (2009 ALA Top Ten best Books for Young Adults, 2010 IRA Young Readers’ Choice) and the forthcoming Storm Wrangler (Fall 2011) Lucky Fools (Summer 2012), and Annie Fleet and the Golden Jaguar (Summer 2013). Coert was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in the translation of Chilean theatre and has received fellowships from Rice University and the Houston Arts Alliance. He is also the creator of the animated educational concept Grammaropolis, which is based on successful lessons from his 7th grade Writing classes.