Review of Life and Death by Selenia Paz

Review of Life and Death by Selenia Paz

Title: Life and Death Author: Selenia Paz Genre: Middle Grade/Children’s, Fantasy, Mythology Latinx: Mexico Purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Life-Death-Leyendas-Selenia-Paz *Thank you so much to the author, Selenia Paz, for sending me a copy of her novel for this review! Life and Death follows a journey between two friends, Miguel and Natalia, as they search the darkest corners in Mexico [...]

Review of The Closest I’ve Come by Fred Aceves

Review of The Closest I’ve Come by Fred Aceves

Title: The Closest I've Come Author: Fred Aceves Genre: Young Adult / Fiction Latinxs: Various The Closest I’ve Come centers Marcos Rivas: a sophomore in high school who is just trying to roll with the punches. He lives in a poor neighborhood in Florida with his unemotional mother and her abusive boyfriend. When Marcos meets [...]

Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music by Margarita Engle

Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music by Margarita Engle

Title: Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music Author: Margarita Engle (Author), Rafael López (Illustrator) Genre: Fiction Latinxs: Cuba  About: Girls cannot be drummers. Long ago on an island filled with music, no one questioned that rule—until the drum dream girl. In her city of drumbeats, she dreamed of pounding tall congas and tapping [...]

Chulito: A Novel by Charles Rice-Gonzalez

Chulito: A Novel by Charles Rice-Gonzalez

Title: Chulito: A Novel Author: Charles Rice-Gonzalez Genre: Fiction Latinxs: LGBTQ+, Various About: Set against a vibrant South Bronx neighborhood and the queer youth culture of Manhattan's piers, Chulito is a coming-of-age, coming out love story of a sexy, tough, hip hop-loving, young Latino man and the colorful characters who populate his block. Chulito, which [...]

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina

Title: Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass Author: Meg Medina Genre: Young Adult Fiction Latinxs: Various About: One morning before school, some girl tells Piddy Sanchez that Yaqui Delgado hates her and wants to kick her ass. Piddy doesn’t even know who Yaqui is, never mind what she’s done to piss her off. Word [...]

The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera

The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera

Title: The Education of Margot Sanchez Author: Lilliam Rivera Genre: Fiction Latinxs: Puerto Rico, Various About: Pretty in Pink comes to the South Bronx in this bold and romantic coming-of-age novel about dysfunctional families, good and bad choices, and finding the courage to question everything you ever thought you wanted—from debut author Lilliam Rivera. Things/People Margot [...]

Gaby, Lost and Found by Angela Cervantes

Gaby, Lost and Found by Angela Cervantes

Title: Gaby, Lost and Found Author: Angela Cervantes Genre: Fiction Latinxs: Hondurans, Various  About: When Gaby Ramirez Howard starts volunteering at the local animal shelter, she takes special pride in writing adoption advertisements. Her flyers help the cats and dogs there find their forever homes: places where they'll be loved and cared for, no matter [...]

Lotería by Mario Alberto Zambrano

Lotería by Mario Alberto Zambrano

Title: Lotería Author: Mario Alberto Zambrano Genre: Fiction Latinxs: Mexican, Mexican-Americans/Chicanos About: Struggling to cope as her family falls apart, eleven-year-old Luz María Castillo retreats into her beloved set of lotería cards– a Mexican game featuring riddles and vibrant images. Each card represents a different memory, and as Luz shuffles through the deck, she weaves her recollections [...]