Ask My Mood Ring How I Feel (Hardback)Diana Lopez (author)
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Thirteen-year-old Erica is a plain-Jane girl with no special talents and a Boyfriend Wish List a mile long. She's not super duper smart like her younger sister or always the center of attention, like her greedy little brother nicknamed Jimmy Gimme. Then, one day, her mother comes home with nine bikinis - one to wear each day before her mastectomy. After the family learns of her cancer, they travel to South Texas to visit the cuarto de milagros, a room in a church where people leave treasured items in exchange for God's help. While there, Erica vows to convince 500 people to join a fundraiser walk for breast cancer awareness. In the end, she doesn't know if her mom will fully recover but as she stands before a cheering crowd of women and survivors at the walk, she knows that when family and friends work together, miracles can happen.
Diana is a stand-out Latina middle grade author on our list and she is able to incorporate multicultural themes into the story in a way that adds an extra layer to her writing and makes her characters even more memorable. Ask My Mood Ring How I Feel is an empowering novel, written in an engaging, commercial voice that addresses one of the most prominent and heart-breaking diseases of the twenty-first century. Introducing a young protagonist who is as resilient as she is inspiring, Ask My Mood Ring How I Feel is a testament to the supporters and the caretakers who battle breast cancer along with those who suffer from it.
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 396 g
Dimensions: 201 x 142 x 29 mm
"A funny and heartfelt story...Balancing the heavy subject matter with generous doses of humor and an authentic young teen voice, L pez crafts a story that blends family and middle school drama successfully."--Kirkus Reviews
"L pez (Choke) skillfully balances emotional moments with humorous ones, offering an honest portrait of a family under strain. Chia's clever, cheeky voice and a strong cast contribute to an inspiring story about developing "a special kind of bravery."--Publishers Weekly
"The many characters in Chia's life are individually and lovingly drawn...Readers will feel like Chia's family and friends could do anything as long as they stick together-and they may be right."--Booklist
"Chia's voice shines...A fast-moving, absorbing read about how one person's illness can affect the whole family in many different ways."--School Library Journal
"An honest, sometimes uncomfortable, but always hopeful look at how cancer affects family....Erika's story is full of the healing power of love." --Guadalupe Garcia McCall, author of Summer of the Mariposas and Pura Belpre Award winner Under the Mesquite Tree
"[This is a] story of struggle, of surviving, and what is oftentimes a difficult healing, but a healing nevertheless. My own promesa after reading Lopez's wonderful novel: to run alongside my wife and hundreds of thousands of others on that day of the Race for the Cure from here henceforth." --Ren Salda a Jr., author of A Good Long Way
"There is much substance and a powerful story here."--Library Media Connection
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"This debut novel puts at its center a likable girl facing realistic problems on her own terms."--Booklist
"An appealing coming-of-age novel set in a traditional Mexican-American town."--Kirkus
"L pez delicately displays the power of optimism and innovation during difficult times."--Publishers Weekly
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