January 30, 2020
MULTICULTURAL CHILDREN’S BOOK DAY! REVIEW OF BEAST RIDER BY TONY JOHNSTON & MARIA ELENA FONTANOT DE RHOADS
The brotherhood of Beast Riders is lifting me in a huge hum of instructions, with great ferocity of purpose, with a kind of love new to me.
Love that says, Stranger, we are in this together. --Manuel
The Latina Book Club is proud to be a blogger reviewer for Multicultural Children’s Book Day – January 31, 2020. This year’s book review is of the BEAST RIDER by Tony Johnston and Maria Elena Fontanot de Rhoads (Abrams Press). Views expressed are our own.
Haunting. Inspiring. Genuine.
BEAST RIDER is a harrowing, thrilling, and emotional ride fraught with danger and hope. It’s one boy’s journey across the border to reconnect with his long lost brother. This very realistic tale is about love, courage, family and growing up fast.
It’s also frightening because it can – and does! -- happen. Young boys – girls, adults, elders – do ride “The Beast,” the fast moving train from Mexico towards the U.S. 12-year old Manuel is such a boy. In this fictional tale, he leaves his small town to join his older brother Toňo in Los Angeles. Neither the journey nor the ride are easy. There are gangs, thieves, corrupt police, etc., who prowl around The Beast. Manuel is not prepared for the violence he encounters, but he does find strangers who help him on his way. Third time proves lucky, and Manuel, now 15, finally makes it to L.A. and is reunited with his brother in a strange new land.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS: Tony Johnston is the award-winning author of more than 100 children’s books. She lives with her family in San Marino, California. Maria Elena Fontanot de Rhoads is a Mexican psychotherapist who specializes in childhood trauma. She lives in Mérida, Mexico.
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January 13, 2020
Chef Aarón Sánchez’s memoir touched my soul. As a fellow Mexican American, I grew up a lot like Aarón and shared the same kind of traditional Mexican cuisines every night at the dinner table. I have a new respect and understanding for the recipes that were passed along within my family, and I now have a deeper appreciation because I recognize that this is connection to my past that will live on forever. –Oscar de la Hoya, Boxing Legend
s an award-winning chef, TV personality, cookbook author, and philanthropist. He is the costar of the hit series MasterChef and MasterChef Jr., and has starred and guest-starred on many television series on Food Network and Cooking Channel. Learn more about him at www.chefaaronsanchez.com.
January 6, 2020
The Latina Book Club wishes everyone a very Happy New Year !
We're starting ours with the Three Kings Day Parade on Monday, January 6, 2020, at El Museo del Barrio, followed by lunch at La Fonda. (How sweet it is.)
We wish all our Readers and Followers all the best for 2020 and Happy Reading !!
December 16, 2019
Lucky 7! The Latina Book Club is proud to release its 7th Annual Books of the Year List.
This year’s Books of the Year have something for everyone and for every age -- fiction, young adult, historical novels, memoirs, children, horror, mystery, scifi, short stories, LGBTQ, poetry, graphic novels and more! We are just sorry we couldn’t include every book by and for Latinos published this year.
We are super excited to see that many of the books on our list are being published in Spanish, like Nina Moreno’s Don’t Date Rosa Santos and Carolina De Robertis’ Cantoras; and one – Elizabeth Acevedo’s With The Fire On High – may even become a movie. Wepa!
Congratulations again to our literary award winners, including Meg Medina who won the John Newberry Medal for outstanding contribution to children’s literature; Sandra Cisneros who won the PEN/Nabokov Award for (Lifetime) Achievement in International Literature; and Elizabeth Acevedo whose winning streak continued in 2019 with a trifecta – the Pura Belprè Award, National Book Award and Carnegie Medal.
Special mention must be made of Anika Aldamuy Denise’s biography of New York’s First Puerto Rican Librarian -- Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belprè is a beautiful portrait of a woman with a strong commitment to reading, her community and her city. Another special mention goes to Juan Pablo Villalobos' The Other Side: Stories of Central American Teen Refugees Who Dream of Crossing the Border, which is full of emotionally gripping stories of teens in search of the elusive American Dream.
With the New Year upon us, please consider donating books to your child’s/ niece’s school or neighborhood library. You can also share books with friends at the office or at social functions, or leave one or two at the doctor’s office, DMV or jury room.
Please think of The Latina Book Club when promoting your book. We would love to help you spread the word across our social networks; maybe do a quick interview or run an excerpt. Email your information and book release date(s) to email@example.com.
From The Latina Book Club Family to Yours.....
.......Happy Reading. Happy Holiday. Happy New Year. Happy Everything. Happy 2020!
2019 BOOKS OF THE YEAR
68: The Mexican Autumn of the Tlatelolco Massacre by Paco Ignacio Taibo II (Seven Stories Press) – non fiction
A Cuban Refugee’s Journey to the American Dream: The Power of Education by Gerardo M. Gonzalez (Well House Books) – memoir
A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant’s Son by Sergio Troncoso (Cinco Punto Press) – fiction
Alienation by Inės Estrada (Fantagraphics) – graphic novel
All of Us with Wings by Michelle Ruiz Keil (SohoTeen) – young adult, scifi
American Dreamer (Dreamers series) by Adriana Herrera (Carina Press) – romance, LGBTQ
Barely Missing Everything by Matt Mendez (Atheneum Books) – young adult
b.b. free (series) by Gabby Rivera (Boom! Boom! Box) – graphic novels
Be Recorder by Carmen Gimėnez Smith (Graywolf Press) – poetry
Becoming Beatriz by Tami Charles (Charlesbridge Teen) – young adult
Bicycle in a Ransacked City: An Elegy by Andrės Cerpa (Alice James Books) – poetry
Blood on the Canvas: The Life & Legacy of Boxing Icon, Canto “TNT” Robledo by Joseph C. Robledo (Golden Foothills Press) – biography
Bruja Born (Brooklyn Brujas series) by Zoraida Córdova (Sourcebooks Fire) – young adult, fantasy
Cabaňuelas by Norma Elia Cantŭ (University of New Mexico Press) – historical fiction
Cantoras by Carolina de Robertis (Knopf) – historical fiction
Carved in Bone: A Henry Rios Novel by Michael Nava (Persigo Press) – mystery, LGBTQ
Chilling Effect by Valerie Valdes (Harper Voyager) – scifi
Color Me In by Natasha Diaz (Delacorte Press) – young adult
Coney Island Siren by Theresa Varela (Pollen Press) – fiction, suspense
Crashing Into Her: Love on Cue by Mia Sosa (Avon Impulse) – romance
Cuicacalli/ House of Song by Ire’ne Lara Silva (Saddle Road Press) – poetry
Dactyl Hill Squad: Freedom Fire by Daniel Josė Older (Arthur A. Levine Books) – children, middle grade
Dancing Hands: How Teresa Carreňo Played the Piano for President Lincoln by Margarita Engle (Atheneum Books) – children, middle grade
Daughters of the Stone by Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa (indie) – historical fiction
Dealing in Dreams by Lilliam Rivera (Simon & Schuster) – young adult
Disquieting: Essays on Silence by Cynthia Cruz (FourWay Books) – essays
Dominicana by Angie Cruz (Flatiron Books) – fiction
Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno (Disney-Hyperion) – young adult
Dreams from Many Rivers by Margarita Engle (Henry Holt & Co.) – children
Each Tiny Spark by Pablo Cartaya (Kokila) – children, middle grade
Explicit Content: A Black Artemis Novel by Sofia Quintero (Blackstone Audio) – young adult, audiobook
Five Midnights by Ann Dávila Cardinal (Tor Teen) – young adult, thriller
Flashed (Happy Endings series) by Zoe Castile (Kensington Books) -- romance
Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Del Rey) – fiction, magical realism
Gracias / Thanks by Pat Mora (Lee & Low) – children
Hijito by Carlos Andrės Gómez (Platypus Press) – poetry
Hipster Death Rattle by Richie Narvaez (Down & Out Books) – crime thriller
Ignacio in the Dark by Dania Ramos (Overdue Books) – children, middle grade
In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado (Graywolf Press) – memoir, LGBTQ
Juana & Lucas: Big Problemas by Juana Medina (Candlewick) -- children
Lety Out Loud by Angela Cervantes (Scholastic) – children, middle grade
Like This Afternoon Forever by Jaime Manrique (Kaylie Jones Books) – historical fiction, LGBTQ
Lima:: Limón by Natalie Scenters-Zapico (Copper Canyon Press) – poetry
Love, Sugar, Magic: A Sprinkle of Spirits by Anna Meriano (Walden Pond Press) – children, middle grade
Luna, Yes! Luna, Si! By Jessica Gonzalez (Kaleidoscope Vibrations) – children
M is for Movement by Innosanto Nagara (Triangle Square) – children, middle grade
Mangos & Mistletoe by Adriana Herrera (indie) – romance, novella
Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish by Pablo Cartaya (Puffin Books) – children, middle grade
Maria The Wanted and the Legacy of the Keepers by V.Castro (indie) – fiction, horror
Me, Frida, and the Secret of the Peacock Ring by Angela Cervantes (Scholastic) – children, middle grade
Meditación Fronteriza: Poems of Love, Life, and Labor by Norma Elia Cantŭ (University of Arizona Press) – poetry
Mi Papi Has A Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero (Kokila) – children, middle grade
Miami Midnight: A Pete Fernandez Mystery by Alex Segura (Polis Books) – mystery
Mouthful of Birds: Stories by Samantha Schweblin (Riverhead Books) – short stories, magical realism
My Time Among the Whites by Jennine Capó Crucet (Picador) -- memoir
Outbursts of Horror by Manuel A. Melėndez and El David (indie) -- horror
íPa’Que Tu Lo Sepas! Latinx Fiction for Puerto Rico edited by Angel Luis Colón (Down & Out Books) – short stories
Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belprè by Anika Aldamuy Denise (HarperCollins) – biography
Revolution Sunday by Wendy Guerra (Melville House) – suspense
Sabrina & Corina: Stories by Kali Fajardo-Anstine (One World) – short stories, fiction
Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez (Rick Riordan Presents) – children, middle grade
Silver Meadows Summer by Emma Otheguy (Knopf Books) – children, middle grade
Soaring Earth by Margarita Engle (Atheneum Books) – young adult
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge: A Crash of Fate by Zoraida Córdova (Disney Lucasfilm Press) – young adult, scifi
Superman: Dawnbreaker (DC Icons Series) by Matt de la Peňa (Random House Books) – young adult, scifi
Taina by Ernesto Quiňonez (Vintage) – young adult
Tears of the Truffle-Pig by Fernando A. Flores (FSG) – fiction
Teen Titans: Raven by Kami Garcia (DC Ink) – graphic novel
The Affairs of the Falcóns by Melissa Rivero (Ecco/ HarperCollins) – fiction
The Book of Lost Saints by Daniel Josė Older (Imprint Books) – paranormal
The Book of Ruin by Rigoberto González (Four Way Books) – poetry, LGBTQ
The Chronicles of The Black Fist: F.U.R.I. of the People by Kevin Sabio (indie) – fiction
The Cuban Comedy by Pablo Medina (The Unnamed Press) – fiction
The Fire Keeper (A Storm Runner Novel) by J.C. Cervantes (Rick Riordan Presents) – children, middle grade
The Fresh New Face of Griselda by Jennifer Torres (Little, Brown Books) – children, middle grade
The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez (Forever) – romance
The Grief Keeper by Alexandra Villasante (G.P. Putnam) – young adult, LGBT
The Internet Is For Real by Chris Campanioni (C&R Press) -- philosophy
The Last Eight by Laura M. Pohl (Sourcebooks Fire) – young adult
The Library of Lost Things by Laura Taylor Namey (Inkyard Press) – young adult
The Moon Within by Aida Salazar (Arthur A. Levine Books) – children, middle grade
The Other Side: Stories of Central American Teen Refugees Who Dream of Crossing the Border by Juan Pablo Villalobos (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) – non fiction
The Perfect Date by Evelyn Lozada (Griffin) – romance
The Piňata that the Farm Maiden Hung by Samantha R. Vamos (Charlesbridge) -- children
The Price of Grace (Black Ops Confidential series) by Diana Muňoz Stewart (Sourcebooks Casablanca) – thriller
The Price of Paradise by Susana López Rubio (indie) – women’s fiction
The Storm by Tomas Gonzalez (Archipelago) – mystery
The Tenth Girl by Sara Faring (Imprint) – young adult, thriller
The Truth Is by NoNieqa Ramos (Carolrhoda Lab) – young adult
The Universal Laws of Marco by Carmen Rodriguez (Simon Pulse) – young adult, romance
The Withered King: Tempest Blades by Ricardo Victoria (Shadow Dragon Press) – fantasy
Their Perfect Melody by Priscilla Oliveras (Zebra Books) – romance
They Could Have Named Her Anything by Stephanie Jimenez (Little A) – young adult
This American Autopsy: Poems by Josė Antonio Rodriguez (University of Oklahoma Press) – poetry
This Train is Being Held by Ismėe Williams (Amulet Books) – young adult, romance
Tracing the Horse by Diana Marie Delgado (BOA Editions) – poetry
Travel Secrets: New York City (series) by Shar Lemond (indie) – women’s fiction
We Are La Cocina: Recipes in Pursuit of the American Dream edited by Caleb Zigas and Leticia Landa (Chronicle Books) – cookbook
When We Left Cuba by Chanel Cleyton (Berkley) – fiction
Where Are You From? By Yamile Saied Mèndez (HarperCollins) – children
Where I Come From: Life Lessons from a Latino Chef by Aarón Sánchez (Abrams Press) – memoir
While They Sleep (Under the Bed is Another Country) by Raquel Salas Rivera (Birds LLC) – poetry
With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo (HarperTeen) – young adult
Zombies Don’t Eat Veggies! by Megan & Jorge Lacera (Children’s Book Press) – children