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Review of Canto Contigo

Canto Contigo by Jonny Garza VillaHigh School    Wednesday/St. Martin’s    352 pp.4/24    9781250875754    $20.00e-book ed.  9781250875761    $11.99Mariachi is everything to seventeen-year-old Mexican American Rafael Casimiro Álvarez, given his natural singing talent and the musical chops that run in his family. After the death of his abuelo, upholding his mariachi legacy becomes...

Review of Shut Up, This Is Serious

Shut Up, This Is Serious by Carolina IxtaHigh School    Quill Tree/HarperCollins    368 pp.1/24    9780063287860    $19.99e-book ed.  9780063287884    $10.99It’s senior year, and while Belén’s classmates are focused on college applications, she’s flunking school and struggling to cope with a shattered home life. Since her pa walked out on their family, her...

Review of Letters in Charcoal

Letters in Charcoal by Irene Vasco; illus. by Juan Palomino; trans. from Spanish by Lawrence SchimelPrimary    Lantana    32 pp.9/23    9781915244512    $18.99An unnamed narrator relates how she learned to read as a child in her coastal Afro-Colombian pueblo. In Palenque: “Letters were in kitchens, on tables, and right in front of...

Review of A Flicker of Hope

A Flicker of Hope by Cynthia Harmony; illus. by Devon HolzwarthPrimary    Viking    32 pp.2/24    9780593525760    $18.99e-book ed.  9780593525784    $10.99Spanish ed.  9780593525791    $18.99As cold weather gives way to spring, the monarch butterfly migration begins, and Lucía’s papá commences his own journey north. The forested region near the Mexican state of Michoacán...

Review of Mexikid: A Graphic Memoir

Mexikid: A Graphic Memoir by Pedro Martín; illus. by the author Intermediate, Middle School    Dial    320 pp. 8/23    9780593462287    $24.99 Paper ed.  9780593462294    $14.99 e-book ed.  9780593462300    $9.99 Martín’s humorous and heartfelt memoir recounts a momentous 1977 road trip with his “big Mexican American family.” Apá and Amá gather the...

Review of The Do-Over

The Do-Over by Rodrigo Vargas; illus. by Coni YovaninizIntermediate, Middle School    Clarion/HarperCollins    224 pp.5/23    9780358394044    $24.99Paper ed.  9780358394051    $15.99e-book ed.  9780358394334    $10.99In this upbeat graphic novel, Maru is trying to adjust to her family’s recent move from California to Ohio. Her papá, a barbershop owner, and the rest of her...

Review of Pura's Cuentos: How Pura Belpré Reshaped Libraries with Her Stories

Pura’s Cuentos: How Pura Belpré Reshaped Libraries with Her Stories by Annette Bay Pimentel; illus. by Magaly Morales Primary    Abrams    40 pp.    g 9/21    978-1-4197-4941-4    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-64700-498-9    $15.54 “Pura Belpré always knew that many stories worth telling aren’t in books” is the lingering message of this picture-book biography....

Review of Miosotis Flores Never Forgets

Miosotis Flores Never Forgets by Hilda Eunice Burgos Intermediate, Middle School    Tu/Lee & Low    304 pp.    g 10/21    978-1-64379-065-7    $18.95 Achievement runs in twelve-year-old Miosotis’s Dominican family: her father is a physics professor, her brother Jacinto is a track star and straight-A student, and her sister Amarilis attends a prestigious...

Review of Bright Star

Bright Star by Yuyi Morales; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Porter/Holiday    40 pp.    g 9/21    978-0-8234-4328-4    $18.99 Spanish ed.  978-0-8234-4784-8    $18.99 Morales’s (Dreamers, rev. 9/18) latest sensitive and evocative picture book opens with a wide-eyed whitetail fawn curled up in a creosote bush, guilelessly peeking up at the reader....

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