Dancing in Life’s Stages: Merci Suárez Can’t Dance by Meg Medina

Growing up requires constant change, as author Meg Medina demonstrates it in Merci Suárez Can’t Dance. This middle-grade book is the second installment in the Merci Suárez verse, following Cuban-American Merci Suárez as she cruises through the seventh grade. Mercedes “Merci” Suárez is a young girl who is trying to keep everything as it’s alwaysContinue reading “Dancing in Life’s Stages: Merci Suárez Can’t Dance by Meg Medina”

The Stellar Middle-Grade Voice Against Anything Unjust: Lupe Wong Won’t Dance Review

Home run! Author Donna Barba Higuera has knocked the (literary) ball out of the park with her MG debut novel Lupe Wong Won’t Dance! Starring Mexinese seventh-grader Guadalupe Wong…

Female Empowerment, Fútbol, and Ripple Effects: Yamile Saied Méndez on her YA Debut, Furia

Author Yamile Saied Méndez has scored a spectacular GOAL! with her energetic and dynamic young adult debut novel, Furia. Set in Argentina, this story is about a fierce, rising soccer star who must defy everything in her way…

Book Review for The Fresh New Face of Griselda by Jennifer Torres

  Griselda Zaragoza refuses to accept her new family lifestyle, by secretly selling makeup to her classmates! Griselda is our multicultural protagonist in this contemporary fiction novel.  She often gets called “Geez” (G.Z. for short), who lives a happy, suburban life with her older sister, Mabel, and parents. However, Griselda’s world is shattered when herContinue reading “Book Review for The Fresh New Face of Griselda by Jennifer Torres”

Book Review for The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya

When I first read the title of this middle-grade novel, I thought, “What could a boy’s epic fail be?” The next thing that I found exciting was having a male protagonist in the story. It is no easy feat to generally find a male protagonist in books, so I definitely wanted to give it aContinue reading “Book Review for The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya”

Book Review for Strange Birds: A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers by Celia C. Pérez

Birds are actually among my top favorite animals. So when I noticed that a children’s book had the word “bird” included in its title, my attention was instantly captured. Strange Birds’ title is metaphorical. Why? Because we can all be strange birds, being so different from one another. The book’s back cover blurb says: “Ofelia,Continue reading “Book Review for Strange Birds: A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers by Celia C. Pérez”

Book Review for Wonder by R. J. Palacio

I really support how we are thrust into August Pullman’s world by learning things through his mind first. R.J. Palacio beautifully writes the story using alternating perspectives from major characters besides August: Jack Will, Olivia Pullman, among others. It helps to read what kind of person August is first, because the story’s plot is solelyContinue reading “Book Review for Wonder by R. J. Palacio”

The Power of Social Media: Does It Enhance or Swallow Up Relationships?

The Power of Social Media; Does It Enhance or Swallow Up Relationships? Today, absolutely everyone has been impacted by social media. Celebrities daily lives are among the first to be posted online, followed by our friends’ posts, then posts of others we may not even know. However, having many online friends does not mean weContinue reading “The Power of Social Media: Does It Enhance or Swallow Up Relationships?”

Page Designs

All of my paper designs are inspired by the same color palette; light yet strong colors. If I were to have them published, I would use them for journals, diaries, even notebooks. I’d dare say it is time for new page designs, other than the usual black and white pattern one is used to seeingContinue reading “Page Designs”