The Brown Bookshelf 28 Days Later Campaign Day 22

Before I read his moving words, I saw his actions. Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Junot Díaz was a keynote presenter at a state literary festival. In an article, he was asked to share some authors whose work he appreciated. Out of the more than 100 who were appearing, his mention included me. I’ve never met Junot. […]

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Guest Post by NoNieqa Ramos

By NoNieqa Ramos I’ll never forget the sweltering summer in NY, when my soul mate and I dined with a friend and editor from a NYC publishing house, partially because we spent 300 dollars on appetizers. I mean for 20 bucks we could have had arroz con habichuelas y maduros and a friggin bistec, […]

via Guest Post by Author NoNieqa Ramos: Voice Lessons — Latinxs in Kid Lit

Book Review: The Go-Between by Veronica Chambers

Review by Araceli Méndez Hintermeister DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK: She is the envy of every teenage girl in Mexico City. Her mother is a glamorous telenovela actress. Her father is the go-to voiceover talent for blockbuster films. Hers is a world of private planes, chauffeurs, paparazzi and gossip columnists. Meet Camilla del Valle, or Cammi […]

via Book Review: The Go-Between by Veronica Chambers — Latinxs in Kid Lit

Book Review: La Princesa and the Pea

Review by Dora M. Guzmán DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK: The Princess and the Pea gets a fresh twist in this charming bilingual retelling. El principe knows this girl is the one for him, but, as usual, his mother doesn’t agree. The queen has a secret test in mind to see if this girl is really a princesa. […]

via Book Review: La Princesa and the Pea by Susan Middleton Elya, illus. by Juana Martinez-Neal — Latinxs in Kid Lit

Book Review: The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary

Review by Mark Oshiro DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK: Macy’s school officially classifies her as “disturbed,” but Macy isn’t interested in how others define her. She’s got more pressing problems: her mom can’t move off the couch, her dad’s in prison, her brother’s been kidnapped by Child Protective Services, and now her best friend isn’t […]

via Book Review: The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary by NoNieqa Ramos — Latinxs in Kid Lit

Book Review: The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora

Review by Jessica Agudelo DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK: Save the restaurant. Save the town. Get the girl. Make Abuela proud. Can thirteen-year-old Arturo Zamora do it all or is he in for a BIG, EPIC FAIL? For Arturo, summertime in Miami means playing basketball until dark, sipping mango smoothies, and keeping cool under banyan trees. […]

via Book Review: The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya — Latinxs in Kid Lit

Martin Mordecai: Blue Mountain Trouble

Martin Mordecai The gorgeous novel BLUE MOUNTAIN TROUBLE from Martin Mordecai debuted to rave reviews last year. Kirkus gave it a starred review, Booklist called it “rich in characterization with a beautifully realized setting”. Publishers Weekly noted that “the author captures the rhythm of the children’s daily life and effectively conveys their hopes, fears and […]

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