A True Story of Belonging in America
Age Range: 7 - 12
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A shy girl takes on the world through her acting.

For Sarah Sierra, a 10-year-old Mexican American girl from Brooklyn, her after-school program Still Waters in a Storm is the perfect haven. Though she considers herself a shy person, at Still Waters Sarah sings, writes, and acts along with other children and teenagers. To Sarah’s surprise she is also able to easily identify with her character, Kid Quixote, as they adapt and update Miguel de Cervantes’ 400-year-old novel, Don Quixote de la Mancha. The adapted play is then performed in a serialized format throughout New York and the country. Inspired by their pen pals from Immigration and Customs Enforcement facilities, the actors at Still Waters often include immigration in their work. For example, Sarah uses a stuffed horse as Rocinante, Quixote’s faithful steed, to rescue an undocumented farm worker who hasn’t been paid fair wages. In this young reader’s companion to Kid Quixotes (2020) by Stephen Haff (creator and director at Still Waters), Sarah recounts, with help from Haff, her creative process and how she uses her experiences at Still Waters to decipher and overcome real-world challenges. Through this empathetic and inspiring account of the imagination, triumphs, and worries of a child of immigrants, readers will be constantly reminded of the importance of stories to the triumph over and processing of difficult experiences.

A tender, inspiring, and courageous true story. (Memoir. 7-12)

Pub Date: April 21st, 2020
ISBN: 978-0-06-294326-2
Page count: 208pp
Publisher: Harper/HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 2020