Ana Maria Reyes Does Not Live in a Castle
Written by Hilda Eunice Burgos
Published by Tu Books
Her last name may mean “kings,” but Ana Maria Reyes REALLY does not live in a castle. Rather, she’s stuck in a tiny apartment with two parents (way too lovey-dovey), three sisters (way too dramatic), everyone’s friends (way too often), and a piano (which she never gets to practice). And when her parents announce a new baby is coming, that means they’ll have even less time for Ana Maria. Then she hears about the Eleanor School, New York City’s best private academy. If Ana Maria can win a scholarship, she’ll be able to get out of her Washington Heights neighborhood school and achieve the education she’s longed for. To stand out, she’ll need to nail her piano piece at the upcoming city showcase, which means she has to practice through her sisters’ hijinks, the neighbors’ visits, a family trip to the Dominican Republic . . . right up until the baby’s birth! But some new friends and honest conversations help her figure out what truly matters, and know that she can succeed no matter what. Ana Maria Reyes may not be royal, but she’s certain to come out on top.
Primary ISBN: 9781620143629
Available As: Hardcover
Middle Grade, Age 10 or older
Community Represented: Dominican/Dominican American
Themes: Generation: 1st, Visiting Home Country
Setting: United States
Character’s New Arrival/New American Status: 1st Generation
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