Angela is the award-winning author of several beloved children’s novels including Lety Out Loud, which won a Pura Belpré Honor Award. Her other children’s novels include Lead With Your Heart, an American Girl book; Gaby, Lost and Found; Allie, First at Last; and the Frida Kahlo-inspired mystery, Me, Frida and the Secret of the Peacock Ring. In addition to her original work, Angela adapted Coco: The Junior Novelization and Encanto: The Junior Novelization which accompanies the award-winning animated films by Disney/Pixar. Angela began writing stories featuring Latina main characters when she was nine years old because she wanted books that reflected her friends and her community.
One two, the Caretaker’s coming for you. Three-four, you’ll breathe no more. Five-six, you’ll float like sticks. Seven, eight, you’ll meet your fate.
Eleven-year-old Rafael Fuentes isn’t easily scared, He loves writing ghost stories, reading scary books, and entertaining his friends with terrifying tales. One night as an eerie blood moon hangs in the sky, Rafa tells his friends about The Caretaker. The Caretaker is an evil ghost who lures unsuspecting kids into the woods. . . and they don’t ever come out. Rafa is really proud of his latest creation, until strange things start to happen around him. With a sinking feeling, Rafa realizes that his scary story has brought the ghost to life―and only he can stop him.
This junior novelization retells the whole amazing story of Disney’s animated film ENCANTO
Encanto is the tale of an extraordinary family, the Madrigals, who live hidden in the mountains of Colombia, in a magical house, in a vibrant town, in a wondrous, charmed place called an Encanto. The magic of the Encanto has blessed every child in the family with a unique gift from super strength to the power to heal—every child except one, Mirabel. But when she discovers that the magic surrounding the Encanto is in danger, Mirabel decides that she, the only ordinary Madrigal, might just be her exceptional family’s last hope.
Maritza is Bolivian on her mother’s side. Mexican on her father’s side, and 100 percent American soccer player. She dreams of playing for the US women’s soccer team, and even coaching it someday. Her soccer teammate, Violeta, shares those dreams, too, but for her they are harder to reach. Violeta’s family immigrated to the United States from El Salvador, and now her uncle may be sent back there, far away from his US family. Maritza believes families belong together, and with her friends cheering her on, she finds the courage to lead with her heart.
Lety Muñoz’s first language is Spanish. She loves volunteering at the animal shelter because the dogs and cats there don’t care if she can’t always find the right words in English. When the shelter needs a volunteer to write animal profiles, Lety jumps at the chance to help them find their forever homes.
Twelve-year old Paloma Marquez accompanies her mom on a fellowship to her father’s birth country of Mexico. On her first night in Mexico City, Paloma quickly finds herself entangled in a mystery involving an artifact that once belonged to the legendary artist, Frida Kahlo.
This junior novelization retells the whole amazing story of Disney/Pixar’s “Coco.”
Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector, and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.
Allie wants to be a trailblazer.
No better feeling exists in the world than stepping to the top of a winner’s podium and hoisting a trophy high in the air. At least, that’s what Allie thinks . . . she’s never actually won anything before. Everyone in her family is special in some way—her younger sister is a rising TV star; her brother is a soccer prodigy; her great-grandfather is a Congressional Medal of Honor winner.
With a family like this, Allie knows she has to make her mark or risk being left behind.
Gaby Howard Ramirez loves volunteering at the local animal shelter. She’s in charge of writing adoption advertisements so that the strays who live there can find their forever homes: places where they’ll be cared for and loved, no matter what. Gaby has been feeling like a bit of a stray herself lately. Her mother has recently been deported to Honduras, and Gaby is stuck living with her inattentive dad. She’s confident that her mom will come home soon so they can adopt Gaby’s favorite shelter cat together. But when the cat’s owners turn up at the shelter, Gaby worries that her plans for the perfect family are about to fall apart.