Jessica Agudelo

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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 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 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....

Review of My Two Border Towns

My Two Border Towns by David Bowles; illus. by Erika Meza Primary    Kokila/Penguin    40 pp.    g 8/21    978-0-593-11104-8    $17.99 Spanish ed.  978-0-593-32507-0    $17.99 A sleepy boy is nudged awake by his father for a routine Saturday trip, heading across the U.S.–Mexico border to “el Otro Lado.” As they reach the...

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