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 left the Dominican Republic for the United States in 1960 at the age of ten. A novelist, poet, and essayist, she is the author of nineteen books, including "How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, ""In the Time of the Butterflies "a National Endowment for the Arts Big Read Selection "Yo!, Something to Declare, In the Name of Salome, Saving the""World, A Wedding in Haiti, "and "The Woman I Kept to Myself". Her work has garnered wide recognition, including the 2013 National Medal of Arts, a Latina Leader Award in Literature in 2007 from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, the 2002 Hispanic Heritage Award in Literature, the 2000 Woman of the Year by "Latina" magazine, and inclusion in the New York Public Library s 1996 program The Hand of the Poet: Original Manuscripts by 100 Masters, from John Donne to Julia Alvarez. A writer-in-residence at Middlebury College, Alvarez and her husband, Bill Eichner, established Alta Gracia, an organic coffee farm literacy arts center, in her homeland, the Dominican Republic.
“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