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Review of Cruzita and the Mariacheros

Cruzita and the Mariacheros by Ashley GranilloIntermediate, Middle School    Carolrhoda    248 pp.4/24    9798765608500    $19.99Cruzita Tayahua ends sixth grade with a D in Spanish, which is embarrassing considering her family’s Mexican roots. But being fluent in Spanish isn’t a priority for Cruz, who dreams of being an American pop music superstar....

Review of Sing It like Celia

Sing It like Celia by Mónica MancillasIntermediate, Middle School    Penguin Workshop    240 pp.4/24    9780593659304    $17.99e-book ed.  9780593659311    $10.99The day Salva Sanchez’s mami didn’t come home, her life was turned upside down. Now she’s living out of a van in an RV campground with her investigative journalist papi. He’s on assignment...

Review of Game of Freedom: Mestre Bimba and the Art of Capoeira

Game of Freedom: Mestre Bimba and the Art of Capoeira by Duncan Tonatiuh; illus. by the authorPrimary    Abrams    48 pp.10/23    9781419764585    $19.99e-book ed.  9781647008253    $15.54Spanish ed.  9781419768507    $19.99In his accessibly written picture-book biography of Manoel dos Reis Machado (1899–1974), known as Mestre Bimba, Tonatiuh (A Land of Books, rev. 1/23,...

Review of Alebrijes

Alebrijes by Donna Barba HigueraIntermediate, Middle School    Levine Querido    336 pp.10/23    9781646142637    $18.99On Higuera’s barren post-apocalyptic Earth, Pocatels rule over the Spanish-speaking Cascabels, refugees from the San Joaquin Valley, forcing them to live in squalid tent cities, endure long hours harvesting potatoes, and subsist on next to nothing. Thirteen-year-old Leandro...

Review of Between Two Windows

Between Two Windows by Keisha Morris; illus. by the authorPrimary    Harper/HarperCollins    48 pp.1/24    9780063235106    $19.99Kayla and Mateo live on the top floors of separate buildings in a city, connected by an old, squeaky clothesline. They are bored and alone in their drab bedrooms watching “Dino World,” while the outside world...

Review of Spanish Is the Language of My Family

Spanish Is the Language of My Family by Michael Genhart; illus. by John ParraPrimary    Porter/Holiday    40 pp.7/23    9780823450046    $18.99e-book ed.  9780823455454    $11.99Spanish ed.  9780823454464    $18.99Genhart highlights the love between a grandson and his abuela through their connection with the Spanish language. Narrator Manolo signs up to compete in his school’s...

Review of Martina Has Too Many Tías

Martina Has Too Many Tías by Emma Otheguy; illus. by Sara PalaciosPrimary    Atheneum    40 pp.6/23    9781534445369    $18.99e-book ed.  9781534445376    $10.99Spanish ed.  9781534445840    $18.99In this expert picture-book riff on the classic Caribbean folktale “La Cucaracha Martina,” Otheguy celebrates big families with room for all types of dispositions. Introverted, story-loving Martina is...

Review of Papá’s Magical Water-Jug Clock

Papá’s Magical Water-Jug Clock by Jesús Trejo; illus. by Eliza KinkzPrimary    Minerva/Astra    24 pp.6/23    9781662651045    $18.99e-book ed.  9781662651052    $11.99Young Jesús eagerly awaits Saturdays, when he helps his father with their family’s lawn service business. Papá gives him the responsibility of taking care of the water jug, claiming that it is...

Review of Blancaflor, the Hero with Secret Powers: A Folktale from Latin America

Blancaflor, the Hero with Secret Powers: A Folktale from Latin America by Nadja Spiegelman; illus. by Sergio García Sánchez Intermediate    TOON    56 pp.    g 9/21    978-1-943145-55-3    $16.95 Paper ed.  978-1-943145-56-0    $9.99 Spanish ed.  978-1-943145-57-7    $16.95 In engaging comic-format style, ­Spiegelman and Sánchez (Lost in NYC, rev. 7/15) retell the Latin...

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