Search Results: "Sofia Quintero"


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EFRAIN’S SECRET by Sofia Quintero
FICTION
Released: April 13, 2010

"Both Spanish and urban African-American vernacular dialogue add credibility to this innovative novel that is sure to spark discussion among students who are pondering their options. (Fiction. YA)"
Efrain Rodriguez, on track to be valedictorian at Pedro Albizu Campos High School in the South Bronx, is determined to break the barriers that have kept other low-income students out of ultra-selective universities such as Harvard, Yale and Princeton. Read full book review >

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SHOW AND PROVE by Sofia Quintero
Released: July 14, 2015

"A must-read for fans of Walter Dean Myers' All the Right Stuff and other lovers of proud urban realism. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
Academic ambition and hip-hop intersect in the South Bronx, where two friends spend a summer growing up and, unwillingly, apart. Read full book review >

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THE EXORCISM OF SOFIA FLORES by Danielle Vega
Released: July 5, 2016

"A departure from the Mean Girls aesthetic of the first book but a sequel still meant for only the most unflinching of readers. (Horror. 14 & up)"
Sofia Flores returns, this time to save her own soul, as a relentless demon, Catholic dogma, and a sinfully attractive classmate threaten to tear her apart in Vega's gruesome sequel to Merciless (2014). Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2012

"Sofía's best realization is that her new lifestyle can lead to other positive accomplishments, which helps to cut the didacticism of this good-hearted book. (activity sheet) (Picture book. 5-8)"
A quinceañera and a special purple dress serve as inspiration for a little girl to change her lifestyle with exercise and healthier foods. Read full book review >

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BUILDER MOUSE by Sofia Eldarova
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"There's room on the bookshelf for this yummy friendship-themed picture book. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Two mice learn that friendship is all about give and take in this sweet and simple tale. Read full book review >

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GABI, A GIRL IN PIECES by Isabel Quintero
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"A fresh, authentic and honest exploration of contemporary Latina identity. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Struggles with body image, teen pregnancy, drug addiction, rape, coming out, first love and death are all experiences that touch Gabi's life in some way during her senior year, and she processes her raw and honest feelings in her journal as these events unfold. Read full book review >

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THE WINGED HISTORIES by Sofia Samatar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 2016

"A lyrical immersion into a finely wrought world."
A ruling House faces an internal rebellion that affects the lives of four women. Read full book review >

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DARKROOM by Lila Quintero Weaver
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2012

"A powerful story of a tumultuous era by an author more adept at visual art than textual storytelling."
A debut graphic memoir provides a unique child's perspective on racial strife in 1960s Alabama. Read full book review >

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UGLY CAT & PABLO by Isabel Quintero
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 25, 2017

"Both chapter-book and reluctant readers will go for this one like cats to paletas. (recipe) (Fantasy. 7-10)"
Ugly Cat and Pablo are two tough dudes with hearts of gold and a penchant for miscommunication and (mis)adventure. Read full book review >

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TENDER by Sofia Samatar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"An impressive collection of stories that excite the imagination."
In her first short story collection, Samatar (The Winged Histories, 2016, etc.) brings together 20 tales ranging widely in form and tone but all offering vivid, fantastical speculation. Read full book review >

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CITY FOLK AND COUNTRY FOLK by Sofia Khvoshchinskaya
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Set against a backdrop of the emancipation of the serfs, touching on the (assumed) backwardness of rural Russia and the role of its elite in political reform, the book at its heart is the story of two country women asserting their independence."
Russian author Khvoshchinskaya exposes class differences and hypocrisies in this rediscovered novel translated into English for the first time. Read full book review >