The Chicago Tribune has reported that a new school in Echo Park, California has been named in honor of author Sandra Cisneros. The Sandra Cisneros Learning Academy will serve elementary and middle school students and will open in the fall. Although there are other schools named for authors, it is a rare honor. Cisnero’s family is originally from Mexico, but she was born in Chicago and now resides in Texas. She was awarded the MacArthur genius grant in 1995 and the American Book Award for her book The House on Mango Street.