Maite Carranza (Barcelona, 1958) is a writer and scriptwriter. She has a degree in Anthropology, writes fiction for children and young people as well as television scripts, while also teaching Scriptwriting at the university.
In the 1980s she was a secondary school teacher and made her debut as a writer in 1986 with Ostres tu, quin cacau!(Gosh, What a Mess!), a successful novel for young people for which she was awarded the Critics’ Prize. She has gone on to publish some forty books, notable amongst which areFrena, Càndida, Frena! (Slow Down, Càndida, Slow Down),Maurici Serrellsuat (Maurici Sweathead) and Vols ser el nòvio de la meva germana? (Do You Want to Be My Sister’s Boyfriend?), along with other more recent, highly successful works such as the trilogy La guerra de les bruixes (The War of the Witches), El clan de la lloba (The She-Wolf Clan), El desert del gel (The Desert of Ice), translated into several languages.
Maite Carranza is a literary giant of YA literature in Spain. She has been awarded the 1987 Serra d’Or Critics’ Prize, the 1987 Folch i Torres Prize, the 1989 Joaquim Ruyra Prize and the 2002 EDEBÉ Prize. In 2014, she was awarded the Premio Nacional de Literatura Juvenil y Infantil (Spanish Children & YA National Award) and the Cervantes Children’s Prize 2014 (Premio Cervantes Chico), the most prestigious prize in Spanish language for her outstanding contribution to children & YA literature throughout her literary career.