Written by Claribel A. Ortega
Illustrated by Rose Bousamra
Published by First Second
Marlene loves three things: books, her cool Tía Ruby and hanging out with her best friend Camila. But according to her mother, Paola, the only thing she needs to focus on is school and “growing up.” That means straightening her hair every weekend so she could have “presentable”, “good hair”.
But Marlene hates being in the salon and doesn’t understand why her curls are not considered pretty by those around her. With a few hiccups, a dash of embarrassment, and the much-needed help of Camila and Tia Ruby—she slowly starts a journey to learn to appreciate and proudly wear her curly hair.
Look for the Spanish version, Rizos (Frizzy).
Primary ISBN: 9781250259622
Available As: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook
Graphic Novel, Middle Grade, Age 08 or older
Community Represented: Dominican/Dominican American
Themes: Award Winner: Youth Media Awards 2023, Body Image, Coming of Age, Family Relationship: Extended, Family Relationship: Parents, Generation: 2nd, Generational Differences, Graphic Novel, Own Voices/Lived Experience, Starred Review
Setting: United States
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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