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Review of Secret of the Moon Conch

Secret of the Moon Conch by David Bowles and Guadalupe García McCallHigh School    Bloomsbury    464 pp.6/23    9781547609895    $19.99e-book ed.  9781547609901    $13.99In 2019, the night before she plans to flee Mexico for the U.S. seeking safety and her father, Sitlali discovers a conch in ocean waves. Five centuries earlier, in 1521,...

Review of Ancient Night

Ancient Night by David Álvarez with David Bowles; illus. by David Álvarez Preschool, Primary    Em Querido/Levine Querido    40 pp. 3/23    9781646142514    $18.99 Spanish ed.  9781646142545    $18.99 e-book ed.  9781646142859    $18.99 Rabbit keeps the moon shining brightly by trekking across the world to bring back aguamiel, “the precious, glowing nectar that...

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 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...

A Note from Me (May 28, 2021)

Dear friends: ALA is upon us! At least in HB land — I was just looking at layouts of The Speeches, gorgeous, and great speeches as well. That’s all you’ll get out of me. In her tenure as HB editor, Anita Silvey limited herself to saying “they aren’t too long,”...

Un Poquito Complicated: Spanish and the Pura Belpré Award

When the Pura Belpré Award was established in 1996, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking (REFORMA) made clear that it was intended to recognize Latinx creators “whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work...

Review of The Sea-Ringed World: Sacred Stories of the Americas

The Sea-Ringed World: Sacred Stories of the Americas by María García Esperón; illus. by Amanda Mijangos; trans. from Spanish by David Bowles Intermediate, Middle School, High School    Levine Querido    240 pp.    g 2/21    978-1-64614-015-2    $21.99 In this ambitious and expansive compendium, Esperón collects and presents lore and legend from a...

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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