November 2010 Indie Next List
“Tia Lola is back with the same wit and charm we saw in How Tia Lola Came to Stay. Now that she is, hopefully, in Vermont for good, Tia Lola becomes a part of the community by sharing her language and culture -- and love -- with her neighbors.”
— Beth Puffer, Bank Street Bookstore, New York, NY
Tia Lola has been invited to teach Spanish at her niece and nephew's elementary school. But Miguel wants nothing to do with the arrangement. He hasn t had an easy time adjusting to his new school in Vermont and doesn t like living so far away from Papi, who has a new girlfriend and an announcement to make. On the other hand, Miguel's little sister, Juanita, can t wait to introduce her colorfully dressed aunt with her migrating beauty mark to all her friends at school that is, if she can stop getting distracted long enough to remember to do so. Before long, Tia Lola is organizing a Spanish treasure hunt and a "Carnaval" fiesta at school. Will Miguel be willing to join the fun? Will Juanita get her head out of the clouds and lead her classmates to victory in the treasure hunt?
Told with abundant humor and heart, Julia Alvarez's new Tia Lola story is the long-awaited sequel to the beloved "How Tia Lola Came to Visit Stay.
About the Author
Julia Alvarez s novels for young readers include "Return to Sender, Finding Miracles, Before We Were Free, " and "How Tia Lola Came to Visit Stay, " which "Kirkus Reviews" praised as " simple, bella, un regalo permanente;" simple and beautiful, a gift that will stay. She is also the award-winning author of "How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, Yo!, " and "In the Time of the Butterflies." She lives in Vermont with her husband and is a writer-in-residence at Middlebury College."
“A welcome return for a wonderful character whose heart encompasses the whole world.” —School Library Journal
“Alvarez invites everybody-no matter their background-into this welcoming family and community.” —The Horn Book