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Review of Miss Quinces

Miss Quinces by Kat Fajardo; illus. by the author; color by Mariana Azzi Intermediate, Middle School    Graphix/Scholastic    256 pp.    g 5/22    978-1-338-53558-7    $24.99 Paper ed.  978-1-338-53559-4    $12.99 Spanish ed.  978-1-338-53565-5    $12.99 All Sue (Suyapa Yisel to her family) Gutiérrez wants to do this summer is hang out with her Comics...

Review of The Youngest Sister

The Youngest Sister by Suniyay Moreno; illus. by Mariana Chiesa; trans. from Spanish by Elisa AmadoPrimary    Aldana Libros/Greystone Kids    40 pp.    g5/22    978-1-77164-875-2    $18.95In the Andean mountains of Argentina, five-year-old Picu sets off on a trek to Doña Ciriaca’s house to borrow “the flavor bone” that is shared among the...

Review of The Little House of Hope

The Little House of Hope by Terry Catasús Jennings; illus. by Raúl ColónPrimary    Porter/Holiday    32 pp.    g6/22    978-0-8234-4716-9    $18.99e-book ed.  978-0-8234-5301-6    $11.99Spanish ed.  978-0-8234-5203-3    $18.99A “little house” is at the center of this story about generosity among members of an extended immigrant family and the stability they provide for one...

Five questions for Kat Fajardo

The middle-grade graphic novel Miss Quinces, written and illustrated by Kat Fajardo, with color by Mariana Azzi (Graphix/Scholastic, 10–13 years; simultaneously published in Spanish as Srta. Quinces) takes place during the summer of Suyapa’s fifteenth year, when her family goes to Honduras to visit extended family. Cajoled into a quinceañera,...

Review of Without Separation: Prejudice, Segregation, and the Case of Roberto Alvarez

Without Separation: Prejudice, Segregation, and the Case of Roberto Alvarez by Larry Dane Brimner; illus. by Maya Gonzalez Primary, Intermediate    Calkins/Boyds Mills & Kane    g 40 pp.    9/21    978-1-68437-195-2    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-63592-460-2    $11.99 Brimner (Finding a Way Home, rev. 1/21) narrates the events leading to the first successful school...

Review of Cuba in My Pocket

Cuba in My Pocket by Adrianna Cuevas Intermediate, Middle School    Farrar    288 pp.    g 9/21    978-0-374-31467-5    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-0-374-31468-2    $9.99 Twelve-year-old Cumba Fernandez carries an unlucky double-nine domino, la caja de muertos, or the “dead man’s box,” in his pocket as a reminder that “there are worse sources of...

On the Futurity of the Pura Belpré Award

A reflection on the future of the Pura Belpré Award must begin with a meditation on the past. As Black, Caribbean, Afro-Atlantic, and Afro-Latinx scholars teach us, the future is in the past, and the present is in the future. My contemplation, then, begins with two iconic photographs of Pura...

Review of Tag Team and Training Day

Tag Team [El Toro & Friends] by Raúl the Third; illus. by the author; color by Elaine Bay Primary    Versify/Houghton    56 pp.    g 5/21    978-0-358-38039-9    $9.99 e-book ed.  978-0-358-39372-6    $6.99 Training Day [El Toro & Friends] by Raúl the Third; illus. by the author; color by Elaine Bay Primary    Versify/Houghton   ...

Review of Rise of the Halfling King

Rise of the Halfling King [Tales of the Feathered Serpent] by David Bowles; illus. by Charlene Bowles Intermediate, Middle School    Cinco Puntos    64 pp.    g 10/20    Paper ed.  978-1-947627-37-6    $12.95 e-book ed.  978-1-947627-38-3    $12.95 In this series starter, David Bowles, author of 2018’s Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky: Myths...

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