Welcome to FIYAHCON 2021

Claribel A. Ortega

Claribel A. Ortega is a former reporter who writes middle-grade and young adult fantasy inspired by her Dominican heritage. When she’s not busy turning her obsession with eighties pop culture, magic, and video games into books, she’s co-hosting her podcast Celebrity Book Club and helping authors navigate publishing with her consulting business GIFGRRL. Claribel has been featured on Buzzfeed, Bustle, Good Morning America and Deadline.

Claribel’s debut middle grade novel Ghost Squad is out now from Scholastic and is being made into a feature film. Her forthcoming books include Witchlings (Scholastic) and the graphic novel Frizzy (First Second.) You can find her on Twitter, Instagram and Tiktok @Claribel_Ortega and on her website at


Check out Claribel’s new project with Scholastic, about three misfit witches who have to defeat a wolf like monster or be turned into a trio of toads: Witchlings is coming 2.1.22. (Claribel’s graphic novel Frizzy is coming in 2022 as well!)

Find Claribel at her website, or on Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok at @claribel_ortega.


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