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From the award-winning author of The First Rule of Punk, a dazzling novel about a young girl who collects the missing pieces of her origin story from the family of legendary luchadores she’s never met.
Twelve-year-old Adela “Addie” Ramirez has a big decision to make when her stepfather proposes adoption. Addie loves Alex, the only father figure she’s ever known, but with a new half brother due in a few months and a big school theater performance on her mind, everything suddenly feels like it’s moving too fast. She has a million questions, and the first is about the young man in the photo she found hidden away in her mother’s things.
Addie’s sleuthing takes her to a New Mexico ranch, and her world expands to include the legendary Bravos: Rosie and Pancho, her paternal grandparents and former professional wrestlers; Eva and Maggie, her older identical twin cousins who love to spar in and out of the ring; Uncle Mateo, whose lucha couture and advice are unmatched; and Manny, her biological father, who’s in the midst of a career comeback. As luchadores, the Bravos’s legacy is strong. But being part of a family is so much harder—it’s about showing up, taking off your mask, and working through challenges together.
About the Author
Celia C. Pérez is the author of the award-winning and critically acclaimed books The First Rule of Punk and Strange Birds: A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers. She lives in Chicago with her family, where in addition to writing books about lovable weirdos and outsiders, she works as a librarian. When she was in middle school, she filled diaries with recaps of televised wrestling matches. Visit her at celiacperez.com.
Praise and accolades for THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK:
★ “Thoughtful.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
★ “Those who enjoy vivacious, plucky heroines… will eagerly embrace Malú.” —School Library Journal (starred review)
★ “A rowdy reminder that people are at their best when they aren’t forced into neat, tidy boxes.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
—Victoria Jamieson, author and illustrator of the New York Times bestselling and Newbery Honor-winning Roller Girl
2018 Pura Belpré Author Honor Book * 2018 Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award Winner * 2018 Boston Globe-Horn Book Fiction and Poetry Honor Book * 2017 ABA Indies Introduce Title * E.B. White Read-Aloud Middle Reader Award finalist * Junior Library Guild Selection * 15 state awards and counting * 3 starred reviews from PW, Kirkus, and School Library Journal
Praise and accolades for STRANGE BIRDS:
★ "Reminiscent of Kate DiCamillo.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
★ "Engaging, well-plotted.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
★ ”A perfect title for school and public libraries.”—School Library Journal (starred review)
★ "Friendships can be complicated, and that the world is more so.”—The Horn Book (starred review)
“Strange Birds respects its readers’ intelligence and sophistication.”
—Erika L. Sánchez (I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter) for The New York Times Book Review
“Thought-provoking, timely, and laugh-out-loud funny.”
—Aisha Saeed, New York Times bestselling author of Amal Unbound
“An inspiring story about the power of truth, and of true friends.”
—Rebecca Stead, New York Times bestselling author of the Newbery Medal-winning book When You Reach Me
Junior Library Guild Selection * Washington Post, Kirkus, Chicago Public Library, and CSMCL's Best Book