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“…the specificity of having to stride two cultures and feeling like an outcast in both will especially resonate with readers from bicultural communities.” — School Library Journal, Starred Review


Miss Quinces

Written by Kat Fajardo
Illustrated by Kat Fajardo
Published by Scholastic, Inc.

Sue just wants to spend the summer reading and making comics at sleepaway camp with her friends, but instead she gets stuck going to Honduras to visit relatives with her parents and two sisters. They live way out in the country, which means no texting, no cable, and no Internet! The trip takes a turn for the worse when Sue’s mother announces that they’ll be having a surprise quinceañera for Sue, which is the last thing she wants. She can’t imagine wearing a big, floofy, colorful dress! What is Sue going to do? And how will she survive all this “quality” time with her rambunctious family?

Look for the Spanish version, Srta. Quinces

Primary ISBN: 9781338535587
Publication Date: May 2022
Available As: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook
Graphic Novel , Age 8 or older

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Setting: United States, Honduras

Character’s New Arrival/New American Status: 1st Generation

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

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