Summer of the Mariposas, by Guadalupe Garcia McCall

Summary:  When Odilia and her four sisters find a dead body in the swimming hole, they embark on a hero’s journey to return the dead man to his family in Mexico. With the supernatural aid of ghostly La Llorona via a magical earring, Odilia and her little sisters travel a road of tribulation to their long-lost grandmother’s house.  Can these fantastic trials prepare Odilia and her sisters for what happens when they face their final test, returning home to the real world, where goddesses and ghosts can no longer help them? Summer of the Mariposas is not just a magical Mexican American retelling of The Odyssey , it is a celebration of sisterhood and maternal love.

Tu Books

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Sylvia & Aki, by Winifred Conkling

Summary:  At the start of World War II, Japanese-American third-grader Aki and her family are sent to an internment camp in Poston, Arizona. Meanwhile, Mexican-American third-grader Sylvia’s family leases their Orange County, California, farm and begins a fight to stop school segregation.

Tricycle Press

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