From childhood, Elizabeth Borton de Treviño enjoyed the sound of the
Spanish language. The California native's interest in Spanish led her to study the literature, language,
and history of Spain at Stanford University. Knowledge of Spanish soon began opeing doors for her, helping
her win a job as a newspaper reporter and then giving her opportunities to travel. In her long writing
career, de Treviño has produced many books for young people, including El Guero and Leona:
A Love Story. In 1966 de Treviño received the Newbery Medal for I, Juan de Pareja.