Days of the Dead
Written by Kersten Hamilton
Published by Sky Pony
Glorieta Magdalena Davis Espinosa is happy that Papi married Alice. She’s happy that he can smile again after years of mourning Mamá. But the urn containing Mamá’s ashes disappeared into a drawer the day Alice moved in.
If everything about Glorieta’s life is going to change, then she wants one thing to go her way: She wants to hear stories about her mamá when the family gathers on the last night of los Días de los Muertos. And that can only happen if Tia Diosonita will allow Mamá to be buried with the Espinosas in holy ground. If she will allow people to speak Mamá’s name.
With the help of her best friend, River, and her cousin Mateo, Glorieta sets out to convince Diosonita that Mamá is not burning in Hell. To do so, she’ll have to learn to let hate go—and to love the people who stand in her way.
In prose that sparkles with magical undertones, author Kersten Hamilton weaves a tender story about grief, faith, and the redemptive power of love.
Primary ISBN: 9781510728585
Available As: Hardcover, eBook
Middle Grade, Age 08 or older
Community Represented: Mexican/Mexican American
Themes: Celebrations, Detention, Discrimination: Immigration Status, Educator Resource, Engagement Tool: Discussion, Engagement Tool: I'm Your Neighbor Books Created, Multilingual Character, Trauma & Healing: Death of Family or Friend
Setting: United States
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Book Creator(s) Connection to the Community Represented: Written with Cultural Advisors
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