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|Fresh new face of Griselda|
Author: Torres, Jennifer
After her father's landscaping business fails and the family loses their house, sixth-grader Griselda Zaragoza follows her sister's example and begins selling Alma cosmetics while hiding her changed circumstances from friends.
Kirkus Reviews (08/01/19)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/10/19)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 09/01/2019 After her father’s landscaping business fails, Geez finds it hard to accept the changes that come: her family loses their home and moves in with her grandmother, and she's even ashamed to tell her best friend that she’s in the school’s free lunch program. Twelve-year-old Geez admires her older sister, Maribel, a persuasive door-to-door cosmetics salesperson earning money for college. When Geez sells lip gloss in her middle-school cafeteria, it lands her in the principal’s office. But when she secretly enters “The Fresh New Face of Alma Cosmetics” contest, it leads to a trip with her sister and a shift in her perspective. Torres, who also wrote Stef Soto, Taco Queen (2017) and Flor and Miranda Steal the Show (2018), offers a realistic portrayal of a girl who is blindsided by losing her home but, bolstered by strong family ties, friendships, and personal resilience, ultimately begins to move forward again. When the occasional Spanish word, such as ándale or corazón, appears in dialogue, the speaker's meaning is generally clear. A warm family story within a convincing first-person narrative. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.