Talk Chisme to Me: Recapping Latinx Heritage Month

Hello, friends. Today is the last day of Latinx Heritage Month. I hope you’ve enjoyed the posts I’ve put together in celebration this year. Hopefully, I’ve brought some books to your attention that you might not have heard of. Remember that you can support Latinx authors beyond this month. Thank you for joining me ❤ Here is a little wrap-up of what I read including my most memorable reads. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

Latinx Heritage Month Posts:

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Talk Chisme to Me: Latinx Heritage Month 2021 TBR

Talk Chisme to Me: New Favorites from the Past Year

Talk Chisme to Me: All About Middle Grade

Talk Chisme to Me: Most Anticipated 2022 Releases

Books I read this month:

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Favorite Read This Month:

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I read so many amazing reads this month. I don’t think I’ve had so many five-star reads within such a short amount of time. I’m so glad I went with this particular TBR for LHM because I could not imagine it being any better than it was. That being said, if I had to pick a favorite for the month, I would have to go with How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland. I feel a certain kinship with Moon and fell in love with the writing in this book from page one. If you’ve ever read anything by Anna-Marie McLemore, I’d highly recommend this one because it filled me with a similar feeling I get from their books.

Favorite Instagram Photo:

This was difficult as I really liked all of the photos I posted on Instagram for Latinx Heritage Month, but I have a special place in my heart for middle grade, so I am going to go with this one. I absolutely adore all three of these books and would recommend all of them for fans of middle grade.

Favorite Audiobook:

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I was only able to read so many books thanks to audiobooks this year. If fact six of the ten reads I read this Latinx Hertage Month were audiobooks. Fun fact, I listened to more audiobooks this month than I have ever listened to in any given year. My favorite has to be Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam’s Punching the Air. There was something special about listening to this novel in verse as opposed to reading it. I love when narrators infuse real emotion and Ethan Herisse does an amazing job with this one.

What was your favorite read during Latinx Heritage Month? What’s a book by a Latinx author you’re planning to pick up before the year ends?

Talk Chisme to Me: Most Anticipated 2022 Releases

The bad news is Latinx Heritage Month ends Friday, the good news is you can support Latinx authors all year long! To help you, I’ve put together a list of fifteen of my most anticipated 2022 releases by Latinx authors. There are so many exciting books coming out next year from debut authors to seasoned veterans to all Latinx-authored anthologies! Some of my very favorite authors are releasing more books and it just feels like I’m going to have so many new favorite Latinx authors to scream about as well. Since I already spotlighted upcoming middle grade releases on a previous post, this list will exclude MG. Covers/Titles linked to Goodreads. Note that publication dates are subject to change.

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Talk Chisme to Me: Latinx Heritage Month 2021 TBR

Talk Chisme to Me: New Favorites from the Past Year

Talk Chisme to Me: All About Middle Grade


1. Ophelia After All by Raquel Marie
Release Date: February 8, 2022

      “A teen girl navigates friendship drama, the end of high school, and discovering her queerness in Ophelia After All, a hilarious and heartfelt contemporary YA debut by author Racquel Marie.
      Ophelia Rojas knows what she likes: her best friends, Cuban food, rose-gardening, and boys – way too many boys. Her friends and parents make fun of her endless stream of crushes, but Ophelia is a romantic at heart. She couldn’t change, even if she wanted to.
      So when she finds herself thinking more about cute, quiet Talia Sanchez than the loss of a perfect prom with her ex-boyfriend, seeds of doubt take root in Ophelia’s firm image of herself. Add to that the impending end of high school and the fracturing of her once-solid friend group, and things are spiraling a little out of control. But the course of love–and sexuality–never did run smooth. As her secrets begin to unravel, Ophelia must make a choice between clinging to the fantasy version of herself she’s always imagined or upending everyone’s expectations to rediscover who she really is, after all.”


2. Lakelore by Anna-Marie McLemore
Release Date: March 8, 2022

      “In this young adult novel by award-winning author Anna-Marie McLemore, two non-binary teens are pulled into a magical world under a lake – but can they keep their worlds above water intact?
      Everyone who lives near the lake knows the stories about the world underneath it, an ethereal landscape rumored to be half-air, half-water. But Bastián Silvano and Lore Garcia are the only ones who’ve been there. Bastián grew up both above the lake and in the otherworldly space beneath it. Lore’s only seen the world under the lake once, but that one encounter changed their life and their fate.
      Then the lines between air and water begin to blur. The world under the lake drifts above the surface. If Bastián and Lore don’t want it bringing their secrets to the surface with it, they have to stop it, and to do that, they have to work together. There’s just one problem: Bastián and Lore haven’t spoken in seven years, and working together means trusting each other with the very things they’re trying to hide.”


3. Scout’s Honor by Lily Anderson
Release Date: April 5, 2022

      “Prudence Perry is a third-generation Ladybird Scout who must battle literal (and figurative) monsters and the weight of her legacy in this YA paranormal perfect for fans of Stranger Things and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
      Sixteen-year-old Prudence Perry is a legacy Ladybird Scout, born to a family of hunters sworn to protect humans from mulligrubs―interdimensional parasites who feast on human emotions like sadness and anger. Masquerading as a prim and proper ladies’ social organization, the Ladybirds brew poisons masked as teas and use knitting needles as daggers, at least until they graduate to axes and swords.
      Three years ago, Prue’s best friend was killed during a hunt, so she kissed the Scouts goodbye, preferring the company of her punkish friends lovingly dubbed the Criminal Element much to her mother and Tía Lo’s disappointment. However, unable to move on from her guilt and trauma, Prue devises a risky plan to infiltrate the Ladybirds in order to swipe the Tea of Forgetting, a restricted tincture laced with a powerful amnesia spell.
      But old monster-slaying habits die hard and Prue finds herself falling back into the fold, growing close with the junior scouts that she trains to fight the creatures she can’t face. When her town is hit with a mysterious wave of demons, Prue knows it’s time to confront the most powerful monster of all: her past.”

4. Inheritance by Elizabeth Acevedo
Release Date: May 3, 2022

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5. The Hacienda by Isabel Cañas
Release Date: May 10, 2022

      “Mexican Gothic meets Rebecca in this debut supernatural suspense novel, set in the aftermath of the Mexican War of Independence, about a remote house, a sinister haunting, and the woman pulled into their clutches…
      In the overthrow of the Mexican government, Beatriz’s father is executed and her home destroyed. When handsome Don Rodolfo Solórzano proposes, Beatriz ignores the rumors surrounding his first wife’s sudden demise, choosing instead to seize the security his estate in the countryside provides. She will have her own home again, no matter the cost.
      But Hacienda San Isidro is not the sanctuary she imagined.
      When Rodolfo returns to work in the capital, visions and voices invade Beatriz’s sleep. The weight of invisible eyes follows her every move. Rodolfo’s sister, Juana, scoffs at Beatriz’s fears—but why does she refuse to enter the house at night? Why does the cook burn copal incense at the edge of the kitchen and mark its doorway with strange symbols? What really happened to the first Doña Solórzano?
      Beatriz only knows two things for certain: Something is wrong with the hacienda. And no one there will help her.
      Desperate for help, she clings to the young priest, Padre Andrés, as an ally. No ordinary priest, Andrés will have to rely on his skills as a witch to battle the malevolent presence haunting the hacienda.
      Far from a refuge, San Isidro may be Beatriz’s doom.”


6. Breathe and Count Back from Ten by Natalia Sylvester
Release Date: May 10, 2022

      “Verónica has had many surgeries to manage her disability. The best form of rehabilitation is swimming, so she spends hours in the pool, but not just to strengthen her body. Her Florida town is home to Mermaid Cove, a kitschy underwater attraction where professional mermaids perform in giant tanks . . . and Verónica wants to audition. But her conservative Peruvian parents would never go for it. And they definitely would never let her be with Alex, her cute new neighbor. She decides it’s time to seize control of her life, but her plans come crashing down when she learns her parents have been hiding the truth from her—the truth about her own body.”


7. Flirting With Fate by J.C. Cervantes
Release Date: June 14,2022

      “Jane the Virgin meets The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants in New York Times bestselling author J. C. Cervantes’s charming, romantic YA debut.
      Ava Granados will never forgive herself for being late to her beloved Nana’s deathbed. For generations, blessings have been passed to the women in her family upon death, but due to a freaky flash flood that left Ava in a fender bender with a mysterious boy, she arrived seconds too late to for Nana’s blessing—instead, all she gets is the wash of regret on her sisters’ faces.
      Until Nana pops up with a challenge from beyond the grave. As it turns out, Nana did give Ava a blessing, but it missed, landing with the boy from the night of the storm. If Ava can’t straighten out the mistake, Nana will linger as a ghost forever, which she’s not exactly excited about. To help her on her quest, Ava will have her two older sisters and Nana’s rather bumbling spiritual guide, Medardus, who is, of all things, the patron saint of teeth.
      For solitary Ava, being asked to befriend some random boy is the last thing she wants to do. She’s gotten along just fine being wary and protecting her heart; keeping people at a distance is a great way to ensure no one ever hurts you. But as Ava and the gang embark on their mission to retrieve Nana’s blessing, she starts to wonder if what she might gain by getting close to thunderstorm boy is worth the risk.”

8. Valiant Ladies by Melissa Grey
Release Date: June 14,2022

      “Two teen vigilantes set off on an action-packed investigation to expose corruption and deliver justice in Valiant Ladies, Melissa Grey’s YA historical fiction novel inspired by real seventeenth century Latinx teenagers known as the Valiant Ladies of Potosí.
      By day Eustaquia “Kiki” de Sonza and Ana Lezama de Urinza are proper young seventeeth century ladies. But when night falls, they trade in their silks and lace for swords and muskets, venturing out into the vibrant, bustling, crime-ridden streets of Potosí, in the Spanish Empire’s Viceroyalty of Peru. They pass their time fighting, gambling, and falling desperately in love with one another.
      Then, on the night Kiki’s engagement to the Viceroy’s son is announced, her older brother―heir to her family’s fortune―is murdered. The girls immediately embark on a whirlwind investigation that takes them from the lowliest brothels of Potosí to the highest echelons of the Spanish aristocracy.”


9. A Girl’s Guide to Love & Magic by Debbie Rigaud
Release Date: June 14,2022

      “Perfect for fans of The Sun Is Also a Star and Blackout, this YA novel from Debbie Rigaud is a celebration of Haitian and Caribbean culture, and a story of first love, vodou, and finding yourself, all set against the backdrop of the West Indian Day Parade in Brooklyn.
      Cicely Destin, a Haitian American teen living in Brooklyn, loves the annual West Indian Day Parade that takes place in her neighborhood. The colors, clothes, tastes, sights, and sounds all celebrating Caribbean culture fill her with pride and joy. This year, the parade will be extra special: it falls on Cicely’s birthday, AND Cicely will get to hang out with her awesome aunt, Mimose, a social media influencer known for dabbling in Haitian vodou. But when Mimose’s dabbling becomes a little too real, and she seems to be possessed by a rogue spirit right before the parade, it’s up to Cicely, plus her best friend, Renee, and her crush (!), Kwame, to try to set things right. Cicely and her friends set off on a winding, thrilling scavenger hunt through Brooklyn to find the items that will undo the possession. But can Cicely help her aunt if she doesn’t fully realize her own powers just yet?
      This nuanced, joyful, and loving exploration of Haitian American culture, based on Debbie Rigaud’s own experiences growing up, is pure magic.”

10. The Daughter of Doctor Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Release Date: 2022

      “Pitched as a reimagining of The Island of Dr. Moreau, set in the volatile Yucatan in the 1800s.”

11. The Sun and the Void by Gabriela Romero Lacruz
Release Date: 2022

      “Full of twisted family politics, dark magic, and fantastical beings, THE SUN AND THE VOID transports readers into a lush world inspired by the history and mythology of 1800s South America.
      When Reina arrives at Aguila Manor, her heart stolen from her chest, she’s on the verge of death—until her estranged grandmother, a dark sorceress in the Don’s employ, intervenes. Indebted to a woman she never knew—and smitten with the upper-caste daughter of the house, Celeste—Reina will do to earn – and keep – the family’s favor. Even the bidding of the ancient god who speaks to her from the Manor’s foundations.”

12. The Wicked Bargain by Gabe Cole Novoa
Release Date: 2022

      “This #OwnVoices YA fantasy follows a trans masculine Latinx teen pirate hiding magical abilities who, after a deal with the devil comes to a violent end, is rescued by the Caribbean’s sole remaining pirate crew. But with the Spanish armada hunting the last of the pirates down, the magic they’ve been keeping secret may be their only redemption—or it could mean certain death.”

13. The Lesbiana’s Guide to Catholic School by Sonora Reyes
Release Date: 2022

      “Seventeen-year-old Yamilet Flores prefers drawing attention for her killer eyeliner, not for being the new kid at a mostly white, very rich, Catholic school. But at least here no one knows she’s gay, and Yami intends to keep it that way. After being outed by her crush and ex-best friend, she could use the fresh start.
      At Slayton Catholic, Yami has new priorities: make her mom proud, keep her brother out of trouble, and most importantly, don’t fall in love. Granted, she’s never been great at any of those things, but that’s a problem for Future Yami.
      The thing is, it’s hard to fake being straight when Bo, the only openly queer girl at school, is so annoyingly perfect. And talented. And confident. And cute. So cute. Yami isn’t sure if she likes Bo or if she’s just jealous of her unapologetic nature. Either way, she isn’t ready to make the same mistake again. If word got to her mom, she could face a lot worse than rejection.”

14. Our Shadows Have Claws edited by Amparo Ortiz and Yamile Saied Méndez
Release Date: 2022

      “Sarah Alpert at Algonquin has bought world rights to Our Shadows Have Claws, a YA horror anthology co-edited by Amparo Ortiz and Yamile Saied Méndez. The short stories feature mythical monsters and magical baddies from Latinx folklore, from el Chupacabra to La Llorona, the vampire and the werewolf, the pombero and Nahuelito, and beyond.”

15. Lucha by Tehlor Kay Mejia
Release Date: 2022

      “The YA fantasy novel follows Lucha Moya, a bounty hunter living on the border of an ancient, mythical forest—the only source of a highly addictive drug that’s destroying her community and her family. As the first member of her community in a generation to possess magic, she vows to defeat the evil that surrounds her. Publication is set for fall 2022.”

Which 2022 release by a Latinx author are you most looking forward to? Let’s discuss in the comments!

Talk Chisme to Me: All About Middle Grade

I actually had a draft of this post in the works before I took a blogging hiatus, then too much time passed, so I decided to save it for Latinx Heritage Month. Middle grade books have been my go-to comfort reads for years now. I don’t read a lot of middle grade books these days, but whenever I pick one up, I am reminded of how special these books written for this particular age group are. I feel like we are seeing so much more middle grade by Latinx authors right now and it has me excited for all the young Latinx readers who won’t have to wait until high school or beyond to see themselves in books. For this post, I will be highlighting my five favorite middle grade books by Latinx authors as well as listing five future releases I have my eye on. Covers/Titles are linked to Goodreads.

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Talk Chisme to Me: Latinx Heritage Month 2021 TBR

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FAVORITE MIDDLE GRADE BOOKS BY LATINX AUTHORS:

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1. The Moon Within by Aida Salazar

Probably my all-time favorite middle grade read, Aida Salazar’s The Moon Within is uplifting and powerful. It’s inclusive and sensitive, treating its young characters with respect and honesty.

      “Celi Rivera’s life swirls with questions. About her changing body. Her first attraction to a boy. And her best friend’s exploration of what it means to be genderfluid.
      But most of all, her mother’s insistence she have a moon ceremony when her first period arrives. It’s an ancestral Mexica ritual that Mima and her community have reclaimed, but Celi promises she will NOT be participating. Can she find the power within herself to take a stand for who she wants to be?
  A dazzling story told with the sensitivity, humor, and brilliant verse of debut talent Aida Salazar.”

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2. Into the Tall, Tall Grass by Loriel Ryon

Loriel Ryon’s Into the Tall, Tall Grass is such a gem and has not been given the attention it deserves. I loved the complexity of the grandparent-grandchild relationships as well as how it addresses grief. Yolanda is a moody protagonist who I just adore because of how prickly she is.

    “A girl journeys across her family’s land to save her grandmother’s life.
    Yolanda Rodríguez-O’Connell has a secret. All the members of her family have a magical gift—all, that is, except for Yolanda. Still, it’s something she can never talk about, or the townsfolk will call her family brujas—witches. When her grandmother, Wela, falls into an unexplained sleep, Yolanda is scared. Her father is off fighting in a faraway war, her mother died long ago, and Yolanda has isolated herself from her best friend and twin sister. If she loses her grandmother, who will she have left?
    When a strange grass emerges in the desert behind their house, Wela miraculously wakes, begging Yolanda to take her to the lone pecan tree left on their land. Determined not to lose her, Yolanda sets out on this journey with her sister, her ex-best friend, and a boy who has a crush on her. But what is the mysterious box that her grandmother needs to find? And how will going to the pecan tree make everything all right?”

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3. A Dash of Trouble by Anna Meriano

Anna Meriano’s Love Sugar Magic series is one of the most delightful middle grade series I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. It has so many great elements from the magic-infused baking to the complicated sister relationships. I have loved seeing Leo grow into her own magic and find her way in the world.

    “Leonora Logroño’s family owns the most beloved bakery in Rose Hill, Texas, spending their days conjuring delicious cookies and cakes for any occasion. And no occasion is more important than the annual Dia de los Muertos festival.
    Leo hopes that this might be the year that she gets to help prepare for the big celebration—but, once again, she is told she’s too young. Sneaking out of school and down to the bakery, she discovers that her mother, aunt, and four older sisters have in fact been keeping a big secret: they’re brujas—witches of Mexican ancestry—who pour a little bit of sweet magic into everything that they bake.
    Leo knows that she has magical ability as well and is more determined than ever to join the family business—even if she can’t let her mama and hermanas know about it yet.
And when her best friend, Caroline, has a problem that needs solving, Leo has the perfect opportunity to try out her craft. It’s just one little spell, after all…what could possibly go wrong?”

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4. Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega

Spooky middle grade is something really special as it often takes something that would otherwise be scary and turns it into something charming. It’s the best way I would describe Claribel A. Ortega’s Ghost Squad. With earnest and endearing characters, this middle grade is utterly bewitching.

    “Coco meets Stranger Things with a hint of Ghostbusters in this action-packed supernatural fantasy..
    For Lucely Luna, ghosts are more than just the family business.
    Shortly before Halloween, Lucely and her best friend, Syd, cast a spell that accidentally awakens malicious spirits, wreaking havoc throughout St. Augustine. Together, they must join forces with Syd’s witch grandmother, Babette, and her tubby tabby, Chunk, to fight the haunting head-on and reverse the curse to save the town and Lucely’s firefly spirits before it’s too late.
With the family dynamics of Coco and action-packed adventure of Ghostbusters, Claribel A. Ortega delivers both a thrillingly spooky and delightfully sweet debut novel.”

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5. Sal & Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez

One of my favorite things about middle grade is its humor and no other book is as funny as Carlos Hernandez’s Sal & Gabi Breaks the Universe. It’s one of the few books that had me laughing out loud. It’s a great read for those who love found family, adult characters who respect young characters, and leads with a knack for getting into trouble.

      “What would you do if you had the power to reach through time and space and retrieve anything you want, including your mother, who is no longer living (in this universe, anyway)?
      When a troll exposes the blog as fiction, Noah’s world unravels. The only way to save the Diary is to convince everyone that the stories are true, but he doesn’t have any proof. Then Drew walks into Noah’s life, and the pieces fall into place: Drew is willing to fake-date Noah to save the Diary. But when Noah’s feelings grow beyond their staged romance, he realizes that dating in real life isn’t quite the same as finding love on the page.
      When Sal Vidon meets Gabi Real for the first time, it isn’t under the best of circumstances. Sal is in the principal’s office for the third time in three days, and it’s still the first week of school. Gabi, student council president and editor of the school paper, is there to support her friend Yasmany, who just picked a fight with Sal. She is determined to prove that somehow, Sal planted a raw chicken in Yasmany’s locker, even though nobody saw him do it and the bloody poultry has since mysteriously disappeared.
      Sal prides himself on being an excellent magician, but for this sleight of hand, he relied on a talent no one would guess . . . except maybe Gabi, whose sharp eyes never miss a trick. When Gabi learns that he’s capable of conjuring things much bigger than a chicken–including his dead mother–and she takes it all in stride, Sal knows that she is someone he can work with. There’s only one slight problem: their manipulation of time and space could put the entire universe at risk.
      A sassy entropy sweeper, a documentary about wedgies, a principal who wears a Venetian bauta mask, and heaping platefuls of Cuban food are just some of the delights that await in his mind-blowing novel gift-wrapped in love and laughter.”

FUTURE MIDDLE GRADE RELEASES BY LATINX AUTHORS ON MY TBR:

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 1. Manu: A Graphic Novel by Kelly Fernández

“Set at a magical school for girls, a funny and heartwarming middle-grade graphic novel adventure about friendship, defying expectations, and finding your place.”
      Manu and her best friend, Josefina, live at a magical school for girls, and Manu is always getting into trouble. The headmistress believes that Manu has the potential to help people with her magic, but Manu would rather have fun than fall in line. One day, a prank goes seriously wrong, and Josefina gets angry and wishes for Manu’s magic to disappear… and it does. Manu uses a dangerous spell to restore it, but it makes her magic too powerful and nearly impossible to control. Great power comes at a cost, and it may be a price that Manu isn’t able to pay!”

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2. Pilar Ramirez and the Escape from Zafa by Julian Randall

    “The Land of Stories series meets Dominican history + folklore in this debut middle grade contemporary fantasy novel.
    Everything in twelve-year-old Pilar Violeta “Purp” Ramirez’s world is changing, and Pilar doesn’t care for it, not one bit. Her Logan Square neighborhood is gentrifying, her responsibilities at home seem to have doubled since her sister Lorena moved down to the University of Chicago, and to top it all off? Her best friend Celeste just moved to Milwaukee, right before they were going to make “Purp” catch on as a nickname at school. In fact, it seems like the only thing that isn’t changing is Abuela and Mami’s code of silence around her cousin Natasha—who disappeared in the Dominican Republic fifty years before Pilar was born—and their lives under the Trujillo regime.
      So, when Pilar, a budding filmmaker, gets word that there’s a new professor at U. Chicago who studies disappearances under the Trujillato, she’s off on the train immediately. Only when she arrives, the professor is nowhere to be found. While looking around the papers stacked in his office, Pilar finds a folder with her cousin’s name on it. When she opens it, all that’s inside is a single blank sheet of paper. Then, she literally falls into it.
      Pilar finds herself on Zafa—an island of Dominican myths and magic; where a girl matching Natasha’s description is imprisoned, alongside many others. Aided by Carmen—a mysterious girl—and four magical sisters, Pilar will have to face the Dominican boogeyman and his many minions if she has any hope of freeing Natasha and getting back home.”

3. Saving Chupie by Amparo Ortiz and Ronnie Garcia

    “Carolina Ortiz at HarperCollins has bought world rights to Eisner-nominated author and illustrator Amparo Ortiz and Ronnie Garcia’s ‘Saving Chupie,’ a middle grade graphic novel about Violeta Rubio and her friends’ mission to protect their local Chupacabra, set in a recovering town in Puerto Rico.”

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4. Witchlings by Claribel A. Ortega

    “Twelve year old Witchling Seven Salazar wants to be anything but a Spare witch. But during The Black Moon Ceremony when every Witchling in the magical town of Ravenskill is placed in their coven, that’s exactly what happens. Joining Seven in this coven of unwanted witches is Valley Pepperhorn, self-styled monster hunter and giant bully, and new witch in town, Thorn La Roux, a master with a magical needle and thread who has a terrible secret. Unfortunately, it gets worse.
      When their coven does not seal, and their magic is in danger of being stripped away, Seven invokes the dangerous Impossible Task, a magical contract with a high price. Now, it’s up to the Witchlings to fell the elusive Nightbeast, or risk being toadafied.”

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5. Valentina Salazar Is Not a Monster Hunter by Zoraida Córdova

    “Sal and Gabi Break the Universe meets Supernatural in a heartfelt, hilarious adventure about a trio of tight-knit, monster-loving siblings from acclaimed author Zoraida Crdova.
    It takes a special person to end up in detention on the last day of school.
      It takes a REALLY special person to accidentally burn down the the school yard while chasing a fire-breathing chipmunk.
      But nothing about Valentina Salazar has ever been “normal.” The Salazars are protectors, tasked with rescuing the magical creatures who sometimes wander into our world, from grumpy unicorns to chupacabras . . . to the occasional fire-breathing chipmunk.
      When Val’s father is killed during a rescue mission gone wrong, her mother decides it’s time to retire from their life on the road. She moves the family to a boring little town in upstate New York and enrolls Val and her siblings in real school for the first time.
      But Val is a protector at heart and she can’t give up her calling. So when a mythical egg surfaces in a viral video, Val convinces her reluctant siblings to help her find the egg before it hatches and wreaks havoc. But she has some competition: the dreaded monster hunters who’ll stop at nothing to destroy the creature . . . and the Salazar family.”

Do you have a favorite middle grade novel written by a Latinx author? Are you looking forward to any of these? Let’s discuss in the comments!

Top Ten Tuesday: Sixteen Latinx Releases to Add to Your TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and is currently being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is “Freebie. I am currently celebrating Latinx Heritage Month and I hope you are as well. For this week’s topic, I am highlighting books by Latinx authors that are coming out the last few months of this year. I hope you add some of these to your TBR and support Latinx authors beyond this month. Covers linked to Goodreads.

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1. Miosotis Flores Never Forgets by Hilda Eunice Burgos

Publication Date: October 5, 2021

2. Everything Within and In Between by Nikki Barthelmess

Publication Date: October 5, 2021

3. The Throwback List by Lily Anderson

Publication Date: October 5, 2021

4. Dragonblood Ring by Amparo Ortiz

Publication Date: October 12, 2021

5. Our Way Back to Always by Nina Moreno

Publication Date: October 12, 2021

6. The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera

Publication Date: October 12, 2021

7. Concealed by Christina Diaz Gonzalez

Publication Date: October 19, 2021

8. We Light Up the Sky Lilliam Rivera

Publication Date: October 26, 2021

9. Dreaming of You by Melissa Lozada-Oliva

Publication Date: October 26, 2021

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10. Wild Tongues Can’t Be Tamed edited by Saraciea J. Fennell

Publication Date: November 2, 2021

11. When We Were Them by Laura Taylor Namey

Publication Date: November 2, 2021

12. You Can Go Your Own Way by Eric Smith

Publication Date: November 2, 2021

13. Spin Me Right Round by David Valdes

Publication Date: November 2, 2021

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14. Manu: A Graphic Novel by Kelly Fernández

Publication Date: November 2, 2021

15. I’m Not Hungry, But I Could Eat by Christopher Gonzalez

Publication Date: December 1, 2021

16. Queen of Urban Prophecy by Aya de León

Publication Date: December 28, 2021

Are you adding any of these to your TBR? Is there a book by a Latinx author that I didn’t mention coming out at the end of this year that I should know about? Let me know in the comments and be sure to leave me a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit!