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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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    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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    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…