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Review of A Land of Books: Dreams of a Young Mexihcah Word Painters

A Land of Books: Dreams of Young Mexihcah Word Painters by Duncan Tonatiuh; illus. by the author Primary    Abrams    48 pp. 11/22    9781419749421    $19.99 e-book ed.  9781647008550    $15.54 With his signature illustrations that draw from Mesoamerican codex pictographic aesthetics, Tonatiuh introduces a picture-book audience to the role that bookmaking played...
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Review of They Call Her Fregona: A Border Kid’s Poems

They Call Her Fregona: A Border Kid’s Poems by David Bowles Middle School     Kokila/Penguin    256 pp.         g9/22     978-0-593-46257-7     $17.99Spanish ed.  978-1-64473-577-0    $12.95 The Rio Grande’s gifted young poet Güero ( They Call Me Güero , rev. 11/18) continues to render the stark beauty of the...

Review of Frizzy

Frizzy by Claribel A. Ortega ; illus. by Rose Bousamra Intermediate     First Second    224 pp.         g10/22     978-1-250-25962-2     $21.99Paper ed.  978-1-250-25963-9    $12.99 In a graphic novel that takes on antiblackness and colorism, every Sunday Marlene must sit for hours at the beauty salon while her naturally...

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...
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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...
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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...

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...
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