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“There’s much to savor here, from the thoughtful exploration of bicultural identity to the good-natured snarky teasing of siblings to pivotal moments of growth amid guileless kidhood. It’s a tightrope balancing act of antic humor and genuine pathos, and Martín pulls it off with tremendous flair.”
Booklist, Starred Review

Mexikid is poignant, laugh-out-loud funny, and masterfully weaves road trip misadventures with history and family legacies. This is one of those books that kids will pass to their friends as soon as they have finished it.”
—Victoria Jamieson, creator of National Book Award Finalist When Stars Are Scattered

Mexikid

Written by Pedro Martín
Illustrated by Pedro Martín
Published by Penguin Young Readers Group

A poignant, hilarious, and unforgettable graphic memoir about a Mexican-American boy’s family and their adventure-filled road trip to bring their abuelito back from Mexico to live with them.

Pedro Martin has grown up hearing stories about his abuelito—his legendary crime-fighting, grandfather who was once a part of the Mexican Revolution! But that doesn’t mean Pedro is excited at the news that Abuelito is coming to live with their family. After all, Pedro has 8 brothers and sisters and the house is crowded enough! Still, Pedro piles into the Winnebago with his family for a road trip to Mexico to bring Abuelito home, and what follows is the trip of a lifetime, one filled with laughs and heartache. Along the way, Pedro finally connects with his abuelito and learns what it means to grow up and find his grito.

Look for the Spanish version, Mexikid (Spanish Edition).

Primary ISBN: 9780593462287
Publication Date: August 2023
Available As: Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook, eBook
Graphic Memoir, Middle Grade, Age 10 or older

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Setting: United States (Watsonville CA), Mexico (Jalisco)

Character's Place in the Immigration Journey: 1st Generation

Book Creator(s) Connection to the Community Represented: Own Voices/Lived Experience

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