Children & Teens Books of the Week

New in Hardcover
Child of the Flower-Song People: Luz Jiménez, Daughter of the Nahua Cover Image
By Gloria Amescua, Duncan Tonatiuh (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781419740206
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - August 17th, 2021

As the Child of the Flower Song People (Abrams, $18.99), Luz Jiménez was a living connection to her Nahua culture while the world around her changed forever. Always curious and eager, Luz learned the ways of her Aztec ancestors in the fields by day and through stories by the fire at night. When the Mexican Revolution forced her family to flee to the city she was determined to keep the ways of her people and found a unique way to do so. While posing for artists like Diego Rivera and Jean Charlot, she taught them about the beauty and strength of her history. Author Gloria Amescua and artist Duncan Tonatiuh have captured her spirit beautifully in this picture book that includes fantastic back matter about the woman who became “the soul of Mexico”. Ages 6-10. Heidi Ashton Yoon

Blast from the Past
Merci Suárez Changes Gears Cover Image
ISBN: 9781536212587
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Published: Candlewick - April 7th, 2020

Every day, Merci Suárez Changes Gears (Candlewick, $7.99) between her life at home with her large extended Cuban-American family, and her life at an exclusive private school as a scholarship student. From intensifying family obligations and her grandfather’s increasingly odd behavior to a heavy load of homework and a queen bee who won’t back down, Merci is in for a challenging fall. Meg Medina skillfully places the reader in Merci’s shoes as she navigates the perils of sixth grade and the complicated nature of family relationships (and secrets) with a sense of realism that is both honest and warm. Ages 10-13. Marc Villa

New in Graphic Novels
Living Beyond Borders: Growing Up Mexican in America Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593204979
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Published: Philomel Books - August 17th, 2021

A collection of short stories, poetry, essays, and comics, Living Beyond Borders: Growing Up Mexican in America offers a much-needed window into the everyday life of Mexican Americans that identifies hardships yet ultimately lifts the spirit. Nineteen different writers explore what it looks like to belong to two worlds when society pressures you to choose one. From racist encounters at school to the passions of young love to travels with family, the varied stories mirror the vibrancy and diversity of experiences within the Mexican American community. Margarita Longoria, editor of the anthology, crafted a love letter to young adults for them to feel seen, encouraged, and empowered. (Philomel Books, $17.99) Ages 13 – 17. Michelle Allen