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.
Primary ISBN: 9781250259622
Available As: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook
Graphic Novel, Middle Grade, Age 08 or older
Community Represented: Dominican/Dominican American
Setting: United States
Character’s New Arrival/New American Status: 2nd Generation
Book Creator(s) Connection to the Community Represented: Own Voices/Lived Experience
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