Books by Lupe Ruiz-Flores

LET'S SALSA / BAILEMOS SALSA by Lupe Ruiz-Flores
Released: Nov. 30, 2013

"In attempting to address both the importance of exercise and the value of social activism, the story fails to truly engage readers on either topic. (Bilingual picture book. 6-8)"
Noticing that her mother lacks energy and has put on some weight, young Estela suggests that she join some of the neighbors in the salsa class at the community recreation center. Read full book review >
LUPITA'S FIRST DANCE / EL PRIMER BAILE DE LUPITA by Lupe Ruiz-Flores
Released: Nov. 30, 2013

"This straightforward presentation of Mexican-American culture and dance as celebrated by children has understated appeal. (Bilingual picture book. 5-8)"
First-grader Lupita faces a tough decision in this bilingual story set in the American Southwest when she is suddenly left without a dancing partner for her school celebration of Children's Day/el Día del Niño. Read full book review >
Released: May 31, 2012

"The simplicity of the suggested idea that homemade fruit juice will always be fun to make and delicious to drink is appealing. (Picture book. 6-8)"
The fruit-blended juice drinks known as aguas frescas offered at a fair inspire a little girl and her mother to serve their own version after soccer practice. Read full book review >
THE BATTLE OF THE SNOW CONES / LA GUERRA DE LAS RASPAS by Lupe Ruiz-Flores
FICTION
Released: Nov. 30, 2010

"While the themes of friendly rivalry and work-made-fun are worthwhile, the odd deus ex machina mystifies more than it delights. (Picture book. 5-7)"
On one of the hottest weeks of the summer in Caliente, Texas, best friends Elena and Alma open competing snow-cone stands across the street from each other. Read full book review >