Written by Lynn McGee
and Jose Pelaez
Illustrated by Bianca Diaz
Published by Tilbury House Publishers
Brooklyn is a strange, intimidating place for a girl who speaks no English when she steps off her very first plane after a flight from the Dominican Republic.
Jessica and her mom, Camila, must live in their cousins’ crowded apartment until Camila finds work making holiday decorations and they can afford their own place. Isolated on the playground and baffled in class, unable to understand her teacher’s instructions, Jessica is intensely homesick. But little by little, things get better. She begins to learn English, and she loves the cats she and her mom care for to earn extra money. Left behind by traveling owners, the cats make the best of their situation, inspiring Jessica to do the same.
Primary ISBN: 9780884488446
Available As: Hardcover, Audiobook, eBook
Picture Book, Age 06 or older
Community Represented: Dominican/Dominican American
Setting: Dominican Republic, United States (New York City)
Character's Place in the Immigration Journey: Immigrant
Book Creator(s) Connection to the Community Represented: Own Voices/Lived Experience
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