Middle Grade Books by Latinx Authors

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The Other Side of the River (Barefoot Dreams of Petra Luna) By Alda P. Dobbs Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781728238449
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Published: Sourcebooks Young Readers - September 6th, 2022

From the award-winning author of Barefoot Dreams of Petra Luna, Alda P. Dobbs, comes a compelling new novel about building a new life in America. Strong and determined, Petra Luna returns in a story about the immigrant experience that continues to be relevant today.


They Call Her Fregona: A Border Kid's Poems By David Bowles Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593462577
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Published: Kokila - September 6th, 2022

A companion to the Pura Belpré Honor book They Call Me Güero


The Bluest Sky By Christina Diaz Gonzalez Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593372791
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - September 6th, 2022

A boy and his family must decide whether to remain in Cuba under a repressive government or risk everything for the chance of a new beginning in this gripping story from the award-winning author of The Red Umbrella.


ChupaCarter By George Lopez, Ryan Calejo, Santy Gutierrez (Illustrator) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780593465974
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - August 30th, 2022

With his signature laugh-out-loud humor, world-famous comedian George Lopez launches a fantastical middle grade series inspired by his own colorful childhood and Latinx folklore.


Barefoot Dreams of Petra Luna By Alda P. Dobbs Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781728251660
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Published: Sourcebooks Young Readers - August 2nd, 2022

  • 2022 Pura Belpré Honor Book
  • NYPL Best Book of 2021
  • Texas Bluebonnet Master List Selection
  • NPR Best Book of 2021

Based on a true story, the tale of one girl's perilous journey to cross the U.S. border and lead her family to safety during the Mexican Revolution.


Tumble By Celia C. Pérez Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593325179
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Published: Kokila - August 16th, 2022

From the award-winning author of The First Rule of Punk and Strange Birds, a dazzling novel about a young girl who collects the missing pieces of her origin story from the family of legendary luchadores she’s never met.


Valentina Salazar is not a Monster Hunter By Zoraida Córdova Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338712711
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Published: Scholastic Press - June 28th, 2022

“Monsters, mayhem, and a little family magic will have readers rooting for Valentina!” -- Kwame Mbalia, New York Times bestselling author

It takes a special person to end up in detention on the last day of school.

It takes a REALLY special person to accidentally burn down the school yard while chasing a fire-breathing chipmunk.

But nothing about Val


Singing with Elephants By Margarita Engle Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780593206690
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - May 31st, 2022

A powerful novel in verse from Newbery and Pura Belpré Award-winning author Margarita Engle about the friendship between a young girl and the poet Gabriela Mistral that leads to healing and hope for both of them.


Join the Club, Maggie Diaz By Nina Moreno, Courtney Lovett (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Nina Moreno, Courtney Lovett (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338740615
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Published: Scholastic Press - May 17th, 2022

This humorous and heartfelt middle-grade debut by Nina Moreno with illustrations by Courtney Lovett is perfect for fans of Celia C. Pérez and Terri Libenson, and any reader still deciding what their passion in life is.

"MAYBE I'M GOOD AT SOMETHING I DON'T EVEN KNOW ABOUT YET."

Everyone in Maggie Diaz's life seems to be finding their true passion.


Witchlings By Claribel A. Ortega Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338745528
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Published: Scholastic Press - April 5th, 2022

An instant New York Times Bestseller! Disney's The Owl House meets Nevermoor, in a brilliant new adventure from Claribel A.


Falling Short By Ernesto Cisneros Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062881724
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Published: Quill Tree Books - March 15th, 2022

Ernesto Cisneros, Pura Belpré Award-winning author of Efrén Divided, is back with a hilarious and heartfelt novel about two best friends who must rely on each other in unexpected ways. A great next pick for readers who loved Ghost by Jason Reynolds or The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez.


Pilar Ramirez and the Escape from Zafa (Pilar Ramirez Duology #1) By Julian Randall Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250774101
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - March 1st, 2022

The Land of Stories meets Dominican myths and legends come to life in Pilar Ramirez and the Escape from Zafa, a blockbuster contemporary middle-grade fantasy duology starter from Julian Randall. Fans of Tristan Strong and The Storm Runner, here is your next obsession.


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Neverforgotten By Alejandra Algorta, Aida Salazar (Translated by), Iván Rickenmann (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Alejandra Algorta, Aida Salazar (Translated by), Iván Rickenmann (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781646140947
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Published: Levine Querido - October 26th, 2021

A New York Times Best Book of the Year
A Kids' Indie Next List
An Indies Introduce Selection
New York Public Library's Best of the Year
ABC Group Best Books for Young Readers


"A transformative, noteworthy debut. A philosophical read, begging discussion and interpretation."—Pam Muñoz Ryan, New York Times


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The Last Cuentista By Donna Barba Higuera Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781646140893
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Published: Levine Querido - October 12th, 2021

Winner of the John Newbery Medal
Winner of the Pura Belpré Award


TIME's Best Books of the Year
Wall Street Journal's Best of the Year
Minneapolis Star Tribune's Best of the Year
Boston Globe's Best of the Year
BookPage's Best of the Year
Publishers Weekly's Best of the Year


Cuba in My Pocket By Adrianna Cuevas Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780374314675
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - September 21st, 2021

By the author of 2021 Pura Belpré Honor Book The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez, a sweeping, emotional middle grade historical novel about a twelve-year-old boy who leaves his family in Cuba to immigrate to the U.S. by himself, based on the author's family history.

“I don’t remember. Tell me everything, Pepito. Tell me about Cuba.”


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Lotería By Karla Arenas Valenti, Dana SanMar (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Karla Arenas Valenti, Dana SanMar (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780593176962
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - September 7th, 2021

The turn of a card could change your destiny in this captivating middle grade adventure based on the Lotería card game and perfect for fans of Coco. While searching for her missing cousin, a young girl is transported to a mythical kingdom, becoming entangled in a perilous game of chance.


Merci Suárez Changes Gears By Meg Medina Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781536212587
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Published: Candlewick - April 7th, 2020

Winner of the Newbery Medal
A New York Times Bestseller

“The realistic portrayal of a complex young Latina’s life is one many readers will relate to. . . . Medina cruises into readers’ hearts.” — School Library Journal (starred review)


The First Rule of Punk By Celia C. Pérez Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780425290422
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Published: Puffin Books - July 17th, 2018

A 2018 Pura Belpré Author Honor Book

The First Rule of Punk
 is a wry and heartfelt exploration of friendship, finding your place, and learning to rock out like no one’s watching.
 


Mañanaland By Pam Muñoz Ryan Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781338157864
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Published: Scholastic Press - March 3rd, 2020

Newbery Honoree Pam Muñoz Ryan weaves an entrancing tale of courage and self-discovery.

"Uniquely magical...Timely and timeless." -- New York Times* "This tightly packed, powerful fantasy contains resonant truths." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review* "Another unforgettable work from a master storyteller." -- Booklist, starred review* "Richly tiered...


The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor By Sonia Sotomayor Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781524771171
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Published: Yearling - September 17th, 2019

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!

“[Doesn’t shy] away from the hard truths of Sotomayor’s childhood . . . [and] discusses real-world issues like racism, privilege, and affirmative action.” —The Washington Post

 


Lety Out Loud: A Wish Novel By Angela Cervantes Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781338159356
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - May 5th, 2020

Award-winning author Angela Cervantes returns to the fan favorite animal shelter featured in Gaby, Lost and Found, with a heartfeltnovel about friendship and finding your voice.

Can Lety find her voice before it's too late?Lety Muñoz's first language is Spanish, and she likes to take her time putting her words together.


The Other Half of Happy: (Middle Grade Novel for Ages 9-12, Bilingual Tween Book) By Rebecca Balcárcel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781452169989
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Published: Chronicle Books - August 20th, 2019

2020 Pura Belpré Honor Book
A Junior Library Guild Selection
ALSC Notable Children's Book
2020 Jean Flynn Award for Best Middle Grade Book
2020 Spirit of Texas Reading Program Recommended Title


This immersive and beautifully written novel follows the story of Quijana, a girl in pieces.


Lucky Broken Girl By Ruth Behar Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780399546457
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - April 10th, 2018

Winner of the 2018 Pura Belpre Award!

“A book for anyone mending from childhood wounds.”—Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street

 


The Only Road By Alexandra Diaz Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781481457514
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - October 3rd, 2017

PURA BELPRÉ HONOR BOOK
ALA NOTABLE BOOK

“An important, must-have addition to the growing body of literature with immigrant themes.” —School Library Journal (starred review)

Twelve-year-old Jaime makes the treacherous and life-changing journey from his home in Guatemala to live with his older brother in the United States in this “powerful


Rick Riordan Presents The Storm Runner By J.C. Cervantes Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781368023603
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Published: Rick Riordan Presents - August 20th, 2019

Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents J.C. Cervantes' take on Maya mythology featuring a boy who has to stop the god of death.


Efrén Divided By Ernesto Cisneros Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062881687
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Published: Quill Tree Books - March 31st, 2020

Winner of the Pura Belpré Award!

“We need books to break open our hearts, so that we might feel more deeply, so that we might be more human in these unkind times. This is a book doing work of the spirit in a time of darkness.” —Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street 


What If a Fish By Anika Fajardo Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781534449848
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - August 3rd, 2021

A whimsical, “honest and heartfelt” (Booklist) generational story of family and identity where hats turn into leeches, ghosts blow kisses from lemon trees, and the things you find at the end of your fishing line might not be a fish at all.

Half-Colombian Eddie Aguado has never really felt Colombian. Especially after Papa died.


Stef Soto, Taco Queen By Jennifer Torres Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780316306843
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 8th, 2018

A heartwarming and charming debut novel about family, friends, and finding your voice all wrapped up in a warm tortilla.

Estefania "Stef" Soto is itching to shake off the onion-and-cilantro embrace of Tia Perla, her family's taco truck. She wants nothing more than for Papi to get a normal job and for Tia Perla to be a distant memory.


Esperanza Rising (Scholastic Gold) By Pam Muñoz Ryan Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780439120425
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Published: Scholastic Press - May 1st, 2002

Esperanza Rising joins the Scholastic Gold line, which features award-winning and beloved novels. Includes exclusive bonus content!

Esperanza thought she'd always live a privileged life on her family's ranch in Mexico. She'd always have fancy dresses, a beautiful home filled with servants, and Mama, Papa, and Abuelita to care for her.


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Miss Quinces: A Graphic Novel By Kat Fajardo, Kat Fajardo (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kat Fajardo, Kat Fajardo (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781338535594
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Published: Graphix - May 3rd, 2022

Rising star Kat Fajardo's debut middle-grade graphic novel about a girl who would rather do anything other than celebrate her quinceañera!


Lowriders to the Rescue By Cathy Camper, Raúl the Third (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Cathy Camper, Raúl the Third (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781452179490
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Published: Chronicle Books - May 31st, 2022

The next books in the acclaimed Lowriders series combines comics, Spanish, mixing cultures, science, superheroes, and first loves for an out-of-this-world graphic novel experience.

A changing planet means new problems—and new friends—for nuestros amigos favoritos!

Meet Lupe, a whip-smart impala with a flair for mechanics


Chunky Goes to Camp By Yehudi Mercado, Yehudi Mercado (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Yehudi Mercado, Yehudi Mercado (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780062972811
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - June 14th, 2022

In Yehudi Mercado’s full-color middle grade graphic memoir sequel to Chunky, Hudi and his imaginary friend, Chunky, head to Jewish summer camp, where the dynamic duo meet a new friend who can see Chunky, too, and get mixed up in a prank war. This series is perfect for fans of Raina Telgemeier and Jerry Craft. 


Invisible: A Graphic Novel By Christina Diaz Gonzalez, Gabriela Epstein (Illustrator) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781338194548
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Published: Graphix - August 2nd, 2022

For fans of New Kid and Allergic, a must-have graphic novel about five very different students who are forced together by their school to complete community service...