Cruzita and the Mariacheros

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Pub Date 02 Apr 2024 | Archive Date 29 Feb 2024
Lerner Publishing Group | Carolrhoda Books ®

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Description

Cruzita is going to be a pop star. All she has to do is win a singing contest at her favorite theme park and get famous. But she can’t go to the theme park this summer. Instead, she has to help out at her family’s bakery, which has been struggling ever since Tío Chuy died. Cruzita’s great-uncle poured his heart into the bakery—the family legacy—and now that he’s gone, nothing is the same.

When Cruzita’s not rolling uneven tortillas or trying to salvage rock-hard conchas, she has to take mariachi lessons, even though she doesn’t know how to play her great-grandpa’s violin and she’s not fluent in Spanish. At first, she’s convinced her whole summer will be a disaster. But as she discovers the heart and soul of mariachi music, she realizes that there’s more than one way to be a star―and more than one way to carry on a legacy.

Cruzita is going to be a pop star. All she has to do is win a singing contest at her favorite theme park and get famous. But she can’t go to the theme park this summer. Instead, she has to help out...


Advance Praise

"A voice that sparkles!"—Jennifer Torres, author of Stef Soto, Taco Queen and The Do-Over

"A love letter to the power of family, friendship, Mexican pastries, and mariachi."—Sylvia Liu, award-winning author of Hana Hsu and the Ghost Crab Nation

"A must-read middle grade book full of heart, music, and mouthwatering Mexican pastries."—Tanya Guerrero, award-winning author of All You Knead Is Love and Adrift

"A sweet, upbeat tale about family, friendship, and the journey to being authentically you. You'll want to croon along with Cruzita, sink your teeth into conchas from Lupe's, and turn the pages to a bidi bidi bom bom beat!"—Tracy Badua, author of The Takeout

"A voice that sparkles!"—Jennifer Torres, author of Stef Soto, Taco Queen and The Do-Over

"A love letter to the power of family, friendship, Mexican pastries, and mariachi."—Sylvia Liu, award-winning...


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ISBN 9798765608500
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PAGES 248

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The characters were vivid, and I especially resonated with Cruzita's feelings of duty and resentment toward the family business. The first scene of her giving the Spanish presentation was incredible: I felt like I was experiencing her anxiety while reading!

All in all, CRUZITA is not only great Latine representation but also a well-crafted and written story.

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