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“The upbeat text and vibrant illustrations depict a positive, youthful persona, and the book’s message about the need for equal rights and services comes through loud and clear.”

— Booklist, Starred Review

Phenomenal AOC: The Roots and Rise of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Written by Anika Aldamuy Denise
Illustrated by Loris Lora
Published by HarperCollins Publishers

In 2019, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became the youngest congresswoman in America. How did this young Puertoriqueña become an unstoppable force in politics? Find out in this accessible and engaging book for young readers.

AOC’s remarkable story begins in her childhood Bronx home and comes full circle the moment AOC became America’s youngest Congresswoman. Ocasio-Cortez’s empowering journey reminds us that everyone, regardless of their age, race, creed, wealth, or zip code, is capable of being a voice for change.

A glossary and resources for changemakers are included at the end of the book.

Primary ISBN: 9780063113749
Publication Date: September 2022
Available As: Hardcover
Nonfiction, Picture Book,, Age 04 or older

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Setting: United States

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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