January 12, 2015

REVIEW: 7th GRADE SLEUTHS: WHO'S JU? by Dania Ramos (DEBUT NOVEL!)

  
  
Northampton House Press, January 2015
"Ever just wanna be who you are without the check-marks?"--Justina Feliciano



The Latina Book Club congratulates Dania Ramos on the publication of her debut novel, WHO'S JU?  It is the first in her 7th Grade Sleuths series, a contemporary middle grade novel featuring an amazing Latina tween heroine! 

SUMMARY:  Justina Feliciano is adventurous, curious and smart.  She along with her fellow seventh-grade sleuths are on a case! Someone has vandalized the middle school drama club production and the newbie detectives must find out who before opening night. But there is an even greater mystery afoot!  Ju is given a genetics assignment at school.  At first, she thinks it's lame, until the mention of her assignment angers her mother and worries her father.  Suddenly, there are silences in her home, secrets in the attic; and now Ju has a different mystery to solve -- the case of who she is? Why does she has blond frizzy hair while her mother has wavy brown hair? why is she white-skinned and not the Feliciano brown?  For the first time in her life Ju is scared and doesn't know where to turn to for answers so she does what she does best -- she investigates and puts together the clues.

WHO'S JU? is part funny, part serious, and all together delightful!  This novel is a fast read; full of mystery, suspense and lots of heart-felt moments.  It's appropriate for readers of all ages.  Even my 12-year old nephew Joey loved it.  We are both looking forward to the rest of the books in the 7th Grade Sleuths series from this promising author.###


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Dania Ramos is a playwright and children’s author.  Her first novel, WHO’S JU? (Seventh-Grade Sleuths #1), was published by Northampton House Press in January 2015.  Dania has numerous stage writing credits, including being part of El Repertorio Español's Nuestras Voces Reading Series; a runner-up in the 2013 MetLife Nuestras Voces National Playwriting Competition; and the recipient of a New Jersey State Council on the Arts Playwriting Fellowship. 

Dania is the program coordinator for Montclair State University College of the Arts, Office of Education and Community Outreach.  She is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, the Society of Children Book Writers and Illustrators, and Actors Equity Association. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from Wilkes University and a BFA in Theatre Performance from Montclair State University. Visit her at www.daniaramos.com.