Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Juana & Lucas

Juana & Lucas
by Juana Medina

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (September 27, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763672084
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763672089

Juana loves many things — drawing, eating Brussels sprouts, living in Bogotá, Colombia, and especially her dog, Lucas, the best amigo ever. She does not love wearing her itchy school uniform, solving math problems, or going to dance class. And she especially does not love learning the English. Why is it so important to learn a language that makes so little sense? But when Juana’s abuelos tell her about a special trip they are planning—one that Juana will need to speak English to go on—Juana begins to wonder whether learning the English might be a good use of her time after all. Hilarious, energetic, and utterly relatable, Juana will win over los corazones — the heartsof readers everywhere in her first adventure, presented by namesake Juana Medina.

Winner of the 2017 Pura Belpré Author Award


Medina’s beautiful, vivid prose conjures the Colombian setting with tactile language...Juana’s narration is also peppered with easy-to-figure-out Spanish words.
—The New York Times Book Review

This upbeat new series for young readers is a must-buy. —Booklist (starred review)

An essential selection that creates multicultural awareness, has distinguished and appealing design elements, and has a text that is the stuff of true literature.
—School Library Journal (starred review)

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