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Review of Juana & Lucas: Big Problemas

Juana & Lucas: Big Problemas by Juana Medina; illus. by the author Primary, Intermediate    Candlewick    89 pp. 5/19    978-1-5362-0131-4    $14.99 This sequel to Juana & Lucas (rev. 11/16) offers welcome narrative continuity for fans of Bogotá–dwelling protagonist Juana Medina Rosas and her beloved pet dog Lucas, while skillfully balancing changes...

Review of My Papi Has a Motorcycle

My Papi Has a Motorcycleby Isabel Quintero; illus. by Zeke PeñaPrimary    Kokila/Penguin    40 pp.    g5/19    978-0-525-55341-0    $17.99Spanish ed.  978-0-525-55494-3    $17.99Quintero’s picture-book text acts as an evocative love letter to her apá and to the interconnected web of Mexican immigrant working-class people who built her hometown of Corona, California. When Papi...

Review of Carlos Santana: Sound of the Heart, Song of the World; and When Angels Sing: The Story of Rock Legend Carlos Santana

Carlos Santana:Sound of the Heart, Song of the Worldby Gary Golio; illus. by Rudy GutierrezPrimary    Ottaviano/Holt    40 pp.9/18    978-1-62779-512-8    $18.99When Angels Sing:The Story of Rock Legend Carlos Santanaby Michael Mahin; illus. by Jose RamirezPrimary    Atheneum    48 pp.
9/18    978-1-5344-0413-7    $17.99e-book ed.  978-1-5344-0414-4    $10.99Carlos Santana’s 1971 rendition of Tito Puente’s classic Latin...

Review of They Call Me Güero: A Border Kid’s Poems

They Call Me Güero: A Border Kid’s Poemsby David BowlesMiddle School    Cinco Puntos    109 pp.    g9/18    978-1-947627-06-2    $18.95Paper ed.  978-1-947627-07-9    $12.95The dynamic complexity of the Rio Grande borderlands pulses in the poetry of twelve-year-old Güero — a nickname commonly given to light-skinned, freckled Mexican and Chicano boys. Inspired by the...

Review of Carlos Santana: Sound of the Heart, Song of the World and When Angels Sing: The Story of Rock Legend Carlos Santana

Carlos Santana: Sound of the Heart, Song of the Worldby Gary Golio; illus. by Rudy GutierrezPrimary    Ottaviano/Holt    40 pp.9/18    978-1-62779-512-8    $18.99When Angels Sing: The Story of Rock Legend Carlos Santanaby Michael Mahin; illus. by Jose RamirezPrimary    Atheneum    48 pp.9/18    978-1-5344-0413-7    $17.99e-book ed.  978-1-5344-0414-4    $10.99Carlos Santana’s 1971 rendition of Tito Puente’s...

Review of A Gift from Abuela

A Gift from Abuelaby Cecilia Ruiz; illus. by the authorPrimary    Candlewick    32 pp.    g8/18    978-0-7636-9267-4    $15.99Ruiz elevates a standard tale about the loving bond between a grandmother and granddaughter with historically significant and culturally relevant detail (the book is set in 1980s Mexico City). The beauty of Abuela and Niña’s...

Review of Jazz Owls: A Novel of the Zoot Suit Riots

Jazz Owls: A Novel of the Zoot Suit Riotsby Margarita Engle; illus. by Rudy GutierrezMiddle School, High School    Atheneum    179 pp.    g5/18    978-1-5344-0943-9    $17.99e-book ed.  978-1-5344-0945-3    $10.99In 1942 Los Angeles, after working all day at the canneries, teen sisters Lorena and Marisela can’t wait to put on their sharpest swing...

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