Sunday, July 23, 2017

MMGM: NEWS RELEASES FOR YOUNG READERS

Welcome to Marvelous Middle Grad Monday where Middle Grade Mania spotlights the newest upcoming releases for your young reader!
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EVANGELINA TAKES FLIGHT
Diana J. Noble
Pinata Books
Ages 11 - 14
Release Date: May 31, 2017

If they do come here, theyll show us no mercy, thirteen-year-old Evangelina overhears her father say as she gathers eggs in the chicken pen. Back at the house, Mamá brushes away her fears of revolutionaries. There are even more chores than usual to be done at Rancho Encantado because her sisters quinceañera celebration is rapidly approaching!

Its the summer of 1911 in northern Mexico, and soon the de León family learns that the rumors of soldiers in the region are true. Evangelinas father decides they must leave their home to avoid the violence. The trip north to a small town on the U.S. side of the border is filled with fear and anxiety as they worry about loved ones left behind and the uncertain future ahead.

Life in Texas is confusing, though the signs in shop windows that say No Mexicans and some peoples reactions to them are all-too clear. At school, she encounters the same puzzling resentment. The teacher wants to give the Mexican children lessons on basic hygiene! And one girl in particular delights in taunting the foreign-born students. Why cant people understand thateven though shes only starting to learn Englishshes just like them?

With the help and encouragement of the towns doctor and the attentions of a handsome boy, Evangelina begins to imagine a new future for herself. This moving historical novel introduces teens to the tumultuous times of the Mexican Revolution and the experiences of immigrants, especially Mexican Americans, as they adjust to a new way of life.

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