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“Superbly woven; a bold, deep portrayal of a young voice who needs to be heard.”
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Iveliz Explains It All

Written by Andrea Beatriz Arango
Illustrated by Alyssa Bermudez
Published by Random House Children's Books

Seventh grade is going to be Iveliz’s year. She’s going to make a new friend, help her abuela Mimi get settled after moving from Puerto Rico, and she is not going to get into any more trouble at school.

Except is that what happens? Of course not. Because no matter how hard Iveliz tries, sometimes people say things that just make her so mad. And worse, Mimi keeps saying Iveliz’s medicine is unnecessary—even though it helps Iveliz feel less sad. But how do you explain your feelings to others when you’re not even sure what’s going on yourself?

Powerful and compassionate, Andrea Beatriz Arango’s debut navigates mental health, finding your voice, and discovering that those who really love you will stay by your side.

Look for the Spanish version, Iveliz lo explica todo (Iveliz Explains It All).

Primary ISBN: 9780593563977
Available As: Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook, eBook
Middle Grade, Age 10 or older

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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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