Alicia K. Long

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Reflections on the Pura Belpré Award: An Interview with Sandra Ríos Balderrama

Sandra Ríos Balderrama and Oralia Garza de Cortés began working together in 1986 to create what would become the Pura Belpré Award. The award was established ten years later (with the help of Linda Perkins and Toni Bissessar) for writers and artists whose work  “portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino...

Review of A Seed in the Sun

A Seed in the Sun by Aida Salazar Intermediate, Middle School    Dial    273 pp.    g 10/22    978-0-593-40660-1    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-0-593-40661-8    $10.99 In this lyrical verse novel set in 1965 California, Lula has lost her voice. She can only speak in “a whispery rasp” that doesn’t help when...

Review of What the Jaguar Told Her

What the Jaguar Told Her by Alexandra V. Méndez Intermediate, Middle School     Levine Querido    420 pp.         g10/22      978-1-64614-175-3     $18.99e-book ed.  978-1-64614-236-1    $18.99 In this novel set in 2001, Jade’s family has recently moved to Atlanta thanks to her journalist mom’s new job. Their new house...

Review of Breathe and Count Back from Ten

Breathe and Count Back from Ten by Natalia Sylvester High School     Clarion/HarperCollins    352 pp.         g5/22     978-0-358-53686-4     $17.99e-book ed.  978-0-358-53678-9    $9.99 In this powerful story set in the fictitious Florida city of Mermaid Cove, Sylvester blends the compelling struggle of a young woman trying to find...

Review of Ballad & Dagger

Ballad & Dagger [Outlaw Saints] by Daniel José Older High School     Riordan/Disney-Hyperion    384 pp.         g5/22     978-1-368-07082-9     $18.99 Mateo Matisse lives with his tías in Little Madrigal, Brooklyn, where exiles from San Madrigal, a Caribbean island that sank when he was a baby, have established themselves...

Review of Iveliz Explains It All

Iveliz Explains It All by Andrea Beatriz Arango Middle School     Random    272 pp.         g9/22     978-0-593-56397-7     $16.99Library ed.  978-0-593-56398-4    $19.99e-book ed.  978-0-593-56399-1    $9.99 “I’m tired of being that girl / who’s different / who’s special / who went through a ‘hard time’ / and basically messed...

Review of Echoes of Grace

Echoes of Grace by Guadalupe García McCallHigh School    Tu/Lee & Low    384 pp.   g6/22    978-1-64379-425-9    $21.95Sisters Grace (Graciela) and Mercy (Mercedes) have had a strong bond ever since their mother’s death when they were little. But now, as they make plans to go to college together, tragedy strikes again,...

Pura Belpré Award by the Numbers

The Award The Pura Belpré Award (PBA) has been awarded on 20 occasions: every other year from 1996 to 2008, and annually since then. Each year, there is a Medal winner in the categories of Children’s Narrative, Youth Illustration, and (as of 2021) Young Adult Narrative. Honor Books may also...

Review of ¡Vamos!: Let's Go Eat

¡Vamos!: Let’s Go Eat by Raúl the Third; illus. by the author; color by Elaine Bay Primary    Versify/Houghton    40 pp.    g 3/20    978-1-328-55704-9    $14.99 e-book ed.  978-0-358-33070-7    $9.99 Little Lobo and his canine sidekick Bernabé, whom we met in ¡Vamos!: Let’s Go to the Market (rev. 3/19), are getting ready...

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