Teacher’s Guide: Frizzy by Claribel A. Ortega; illustrated by Rose Bousamra


By Claribel A. Ortega; illustrated by Rose Bousamra
Ages 8-12
On Sale Now!

New York Times-bestselling author Claribel A. Ortega and star debut artist Rose Bousamra’s Frizzy is about Marlene, a young Dominican girl whose greatest enemy is the hair salon! Through her struggles and triumphs, this heartwarming and gorgeous middle-grade graphic novel shows the radical power of accepting yourself as you are, frizzy curls and all.

Marlene loves three things: books, her cool Tía Ruby and hanging out with her best friend Camila. But according to her mother, Paola, the only thing she needs to focus on is school and “growing up.” That means straightening her hair every weekend so she could have “presentable”, “good hair”.

But Marlene hates being in the salon and doesn’t understand why her curls are not considered pretty by those around her. With a few hiccups, a dash of embarrassment, and the much-needed help of Camila and Tia Ruby—she slowly starts a journey to learn to appreciate and proudly wear her curly hair.

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Discussion Guide: Three Summers by Amra Sabic-El-Rayess with Laura L. Sullivan

Three Summers

Three Summers
By Amra Sabic-El-Rayess with Laura L. Sullivan
Ages 8-12
On Sale April 9, 2024!

An epic middle-grade memoir about sisterhood and coming-of-age in the three years leading up to the Bosnian Genocide.

Three Summers is the story of five young cousins who grow closer than sisters as ethnic tensions escalate over three summers in 1980s Bosnia. They navigate the joys and pitfalls of adolescence on their family’s little island in the middle of the Una River. When finally confronted with the harsh truths of the adult world around them, their bond gives them the resilience to discover and hold fast to their true selves.

Written with incredible warmth and tenderness, Amra Sabic-El-Rayess takes readers on a journey that will break their hearts and put them back together again.


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Watch our MacKids School & Library Spring 2024 Preview Event where we preview upcoming picture books, middle grade, and young adult titles! You’ll hear from talented creators, including authors Scott Hoying and Mark Hoying (How Lucky Am I?), Hanh Bui (Ánh’s New Word), and Jas Hammonds (Thirsty: A Novel).

Hear our special debut keynote, author and former collegiate athlete Elvira K. Gonzalez, talk about her moving young adult memoir, Hurdles in the Dark. Also, don’t miss live special guest Loren Long, New York Times bestselling author and illustrator, discuss his new picture book The Yellow Bus. Click here to watch these exciting interviews and hear about a selection of next season’s books!

3:26 – Keynote Speaker, Elvira K. Gonzalez
15:18 – Young Adult
28:32 – Middle Grade
37:15 – Chapter Books
40:25 – Picture Books
50:33 – Q&A with Loren Long and Kate Meltzer