Sylvia Sanchez Garza was born in Mercedes, Texas and raised in Weslaco, Texas. As a young girl, her family moved to Houston, Texas for a few years while her father worked on his doctorate at the University of Houston. She returned to and settled in the Rio Grande Valley. "I knew that it would always be my home," Dr. Sanchez Garza confessed. She and husband live in Edinburg, Texas and own a real estate company. She has four grown sons who make her very proud. She holds a B.A. in English, an M.A. in School Administration and a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies. Cascarones is her first novel.



  • March 16, 2019 Weslaco, TX Mayor Joe V. Sanchez Public Library  2 p.m.

  • March 30, 2019 - Brazos Valley Book Festival

  • April 20 - Edinburg, TX Museum of South Texas History 10 - 2

  • April 25 La Joya I.S.D.

  • April 26 STPA

  • 2019 - Galveston Island Book Festival

  • June 15, 2019 - McKinney Book Festival 



Sylvia Sanchez Garza

Cascarones is a young adult bildungsroman, a coming of age story narrated in a non-linear fashion that revolves around a Mexican American family living in the Rio Grande Valley in Deep South Texas.The main character, Suzy, as well as her family and friends are enriched by rich traditions and culture of the region, shaping who she becomes. There are many beautiful people depicted in this novel who helped transform Suzy. The narrative shifts from present to the past to connect readers with cultural traditions that changed through the years. It exposes how Easter was and currently is celebrated in the Rio Grande Valley and growing up during the sixties and seventies as a Mexican American amidst discriminatory undertones.

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  • A Poetry Selection Book

  • A YA Novel

  • A Bilingual Chapter Book