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    AWARDS: ECHOES OF GRACE

    PRAISE FOR ECHOES OF GRACE: “…a breathtaking story of sisterhood, familia, fighting the demons of generational trauma and femicide, and moving forward with fresh dreams despite the scars. A nouveau gothic tale with roots as deep as mesquite and a heart as wide as the Texas sky.”–KIRKUS Starred Review “García McCall crafts a haunting, intrigue-laden update on the [gothic] genre that—through critiques of generational trauma cycles wrought through femicide and gender-based violence—demands accountability and action.”–PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY Starred Review “In this riveting contemporary novel with a splash of magical realism, García McCall explores the nature of sisterhood between Graciela (“Grace”) and Mercedes (“Mercy”) Torres, as well as shared intergenerational trauma, familial dynamics,…

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    ECHOES OF GRACE

    Coming August 2022 from Tu Books! A tragic accident in the young lives of sisters, Graciela (Grace) and Mercedes (Mercy) Torres, sets off a chain of events in which Grace flounders to restore her relationship with her sister while swimming against a current of strange, bewildering echoes. Flashbacks, premonitions, and visitations from the other side all weave a mysterious tapestry that weighs heavily on Grace’s shoulders as she tries to navigate memories of a time three years earlier when she ran away from home and lost a week of her life. In the present—amidst the mundanities of college homework and dating—Grace tries to figure out if the things happening in…

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    El verano de las mariposas

    ¡Ahora, ésta odisea se ofrece en español! Odilia and her four sisters rival the mythical Odysseus in cleverness andcourage as they embark on their own hero’s journey. After finding a drowned manfloating in their secret swimming hole along the Rio Grande, the sisters trekacross the border to bring the body to the man’s family in Mexico. Butreturning home turns into an odyssey of their own. Outsmarting mythical creatures, and with the supernatural aid of spectral LaLlorona via a magical earring, Odilia and her little sisters make their wayalong a road of trials to make it to their long-lost grandmother’s house. Alongthe way, they must defeat a witch and her Evil…

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    THE KEEPER

    Inspired by a terrifying true story, acclaimed author Guadalupe Garcia McCall creates a twisty tale about a boy desperately trying to survive in a new town with a history of disappearing children.   No sooner have he and his family arrived in their “perfect” new home in their “perfect” new town than he starts getting mysterious letters from someone called the Keeper. Someone who claims to be watching him. Someone who is looking for “young blood.” James and his sister, Ava, are obviously in danger. But the problem with having a history of playing practical jokes is that no one believes James—not even his parents. Now James and Ava need to figure…

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    AWARDS: ALL THE STARS DENIED

    PRAISE FOR ALL THE STARS DENIED: A harrowing account of a lesser known episode in the United States’ unseemly history of discriminatory immigration policies. Estrella del Toro is witnessing change all around her Monteseco, TX, community… Samples from Estrella’s notebook, including poems, in the form of eco-poetry, newspaper clippings, telegrams, and unsent letters are featured between chapters…The treatment of Mexicanos and Depression-era rhetoric will ring disturbingly familiar to readers mindful of today’s headlines. –School Library Journal, Starred Review Beautifully and poetically written, the book includes Spanish words and Mexican-American cultural elements to make it a vividly authentic mirror for some readers and a universally appealing and engaging window for others.…

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    AWARDS: SHAME THE STARS

    PRAISE FOR SHAME THE STARS: Far beyond a love story, the novel successfully tackles all kinds of hardship, including sexual violence and lynching; the historical conflict between the Rangers and the Tejanos feels uncannily contemporary. Women are the hidden heroes, because they must be, the hearts of both the revolution and the novel. Pura Belpré winner McCall delivers an ambitious, sardonically relevant historical novel—a must-read, complex twist on a political Shakespearean tragedy.–Kirkus, Starred Review McCall’s (Summer of the Mariposas) complex historical novel explores a seldom-covered era: the struggle between American-born Mexicans (Tejanos) and white Americans in border towns during the Mexican Revolution of the early 20th century. …Sophisticated readers will…

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    ALL THE STARS DENIED

    Tu Books, 2018 In the heart of the Great Depression, Rancho Las Moras, like everywhere else in Texas, is gripped by the drought of the Dust Bowl, and resentment is building among white farmers against Mexican Americans. All around town, signs go up proclaiming No Dogs or Mexicans and No Mexicans Allowed. When Estrella organizes a protest against the treatment of tejanos in their town of Monteseco, Texas, her whole family becomes a target of repatriation efforts to send Mexicans back to Mexico whether they were ever Mexican citizens or not. Dumped across the border and separated from half her family, Estrella must figure out a way to survive and…

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    SHAME THE STARS

    Eighteen-year-old Joaquín del Toro’s future looks bright. With his older brother in the priesthood, he’s set to inherit his family’s Texas ranch. He’s in love with Dulceña—and she’s in love with him. But it’s 1915, and trouble has been brewing along the US-Mexico border. On one side, the Mexican Revolution is taking hold; on the other, Texas Rangers fight Tejano insurgents, and ordinary citizens are caught in the middle. As tensions grow, Joaquín is torn away from Dulceña, whose father’s critical reporting on the Rangers in the local newspaper has driven a wedge between their families. Joaquín’s own father insists that the Rangers are their friends, and refuses to take…

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    AWARDS: SUMMER OF THE MARIPOSAS

    PRAISE FOR SUMMER OF THE MARIPOSAS: Written in the style of magic realism, this is an enchanting look at Mexican mysticism, coupled with the realistic celebration of the true meaning of family. The sisters’ relationships are believably drawn, and the juxtaposition of modern realities and ancient Aztec mythology elucidates the importance of the spiritual side of life in Latin cultures. . . [Readers] are sure to be intrigued by both the unusual qualities of the mythical characters and the sense of adventure that lies behind every twist and turn of the girls’ revelatory journey. As with McCall’s Under the Mesquite (Lee & Low, 2011), this is a peek into Mexican American culture,…

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    AWARDS: UNDER THE MESQUITE

    PRAISE FOR UNDER THE MESQUITE With poignant imagery and well-placed Spanish, the author effectively captures the complex lives of teenagers in many Latino and/or immigrant families. A promising, deeply felt debut.–Kirkus, Starred Review This stunning debut novel in verse chronicles the teenage years of Lupita, a character drawn largely from the author’s own childhood…The simplicity of the story line belies the deep richness of McCall’s writing… This book will appeal to many teens for different reasons, whether they have dealt with the loss of a loved one, aspire to write and act, are growing up Mexican American, or seeking their own identity amid a large family. Bravo to McCall for…