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YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults finalist 2023

A Finalist for the 2023 YALSA Excellence in Young Adult Nonfiction Award

“A visceral window into a survivor’s childhood and a testament to the enduring influence of unconditional love.”
Kirkus Reviews

Abuela, Don’t Forget Me

Written by Rex Ogle
Published by Norton Young Readers

In his award-winning memoir Free Lunch, Rex Ogle’s abuela features as a source of love and support. In this companion-in-verse, Rex captures and celebrates the powerful presence a woman he could always count on—to give him warm hugs and ear kisses, to teach him precious words in Spanish, to bring him to the library where he could take out as many books as he wanted, and to offer safety when darkness closed in. Throughout a coming of age marked by violence and dysfunction, Abuela’s red-brick house in Abilene, Texas, offered Rex the possibility of home, and Abuela herself the possibility for a better life.

Abuela, Don’t Forget Me is a lyrical portrait of the transformative and towering woman who believed in Rex even when he didn’t yet know how to believe in himself.

Primary ISBN: 9781324019954
Publication Date: September 2022
Available As: Hardcover, Audiobook, eBook
Young Adult , Age 13 or older

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Setting: United States (Texas)

Character's Place in the Immigration Journey: 2nd Generation

Book Creator(s) Connection to the Community Represented: Own Voices/Lived Experience

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