When I picked up this book at ALA Midwinter this past February, I was immediately excited by both the cover and the fact that Angela Cervantes had a new book out! I am a big fan of her previous books, "Gaby, Lost and Found" and "Allie, First and Last." The fact that the book contained interesting facts about Frida Kahlo and her home "Casa Azul" in Mexico City.
I was not disappointed--I read the book in a day and loved it! This middle grade novel is full of mystery, suspense, and well placed and interesting historical facts.
When Paloma Marquez travels to Mexico City for four weeks over her summer vacation with her mom, she is less than excited. Although she is happy to be able to finally visit the birthplace of her father, who was killed in an accident when Paloma was 3, she is worried about not speaking the language and missing out on regular summer fun with her friends back home in Kansas.
It doesn't take long for her to change her mind though! The first night she meets a very interesting (and cute) boy who promises to show her around, as well as a brother and sister who ask for her help in solving a famous mystery involving the missing peacock ring of Frida Kahlo.
I am excited to share this book with my art and Spanish teachers because I think it is a great curricular tie-in! And I really hope that Angela Cervantes will write another book with Paloma as an all start detective finding clues to both a new mystery and herself:)
I am a middle school teacher librarian and former classroom teacher. I have a passion for all things books and try to match my readers with high quality literature in every possible situation.