Saturday, January 6, 2018

Book Review: Stella Diaz Has Something to Say by Angela Dominguez

Stella is 8, going on 9, and her best friend is not in her class this year, so she's having trouble speaking up for herself. But over the year she learns to be herself, she gains a friend or two, and learns an awful lot about fish.

This novel is perfect for kids who feel like they don't fit in anywhere--Stella's Spanish has deteriorated so she can't really talk to her Mexican relatives anymore, but she also still has some trouble pronouncing English words due to her first language having been Spanish. Also, she learns she's a resident alien (with a green card) which makes her feel like an outsider in Chicago.

This was a sweet story. Stella is a great character you'll definitely root for. Anyone who's felt shy will love it, anyone who's struggled with making friends, and anyone who loves crafts. Stella's an adorable little girl and I do hope we'll see her again.

This review is a part of Kid Konnection, hosted by Booking Mama, a collection of children's book-related posts over the weekend.

This book is published by Roaring Brook, a Macmillan publisher, my employer.

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