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Maximilian & the Curse of the Fallen Angel: A Bilingual Lucha Libre Thriller

Maximilian & the Curse of the Fallen Angel: A Bilingual Lucha Libre Thriller [Max’s Lucha Libre Adventures] by Xavier Garza; illus. by the author Intermediate, Middle School    Cinco Puntos    213 pp.    g 1/20    978-1-947627-30-7    $19.95 Paper ed.  978-1-947627-31-4    $12.95 e-book ed.  978-1-947627-32-1    $12.95 This fourth series entry is another entertainingly...

Review of Not a Bean

Not a Bean by Claudia Guadalupe Martínez; illus. by Laura González Preschool, Primary    Charlesbridge    32 pp. 9/19    978-1-58089-815-7    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-1-63289-667-4    $9.99 “Jumping beans” are not in fact beans but moth larvae that have burrowed into the seedpods of the yerba de la flecha shrubs found alongside arroyos in...

Review of Todos iguales / All Equal: Un corrido de Lemon Grove / A Ballad of Lemon Grove

Todos iguales / All Equal: Un corrido de Lemon Grove / A Ballad of Lemon Grove by Christy Hale; illus. by the author Primary, Intermediate    Children’s/Lee & Low    40 pp. 8/19    978-0-89239-427-2    $19.95 Hale’s storytelling shines in this account of Mexican American resistance against racism in the 1930s. Inspired by...

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...

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