September 2020, Algonquin/Workman Publishing, 368 pp
Camila “Furia” Hassan has a dream—to play professional fútbol. She lives in the cradle of fútbol legends, Rosario, Argentina, but Rosario only exports fútbol players of the male kind. No one believes a girl can play, except for Coach Alicia, who recognizes Camila’s gift. When she receives an offer to play in the US, the land of the multi-World Cup champion women’s team, she can hardly believe it.
And then Diego, her childhood sweetheart who made his professional fútbol dreams come true, wants to take her away with him to Italy where he plays. She’d have everything, except the chance to go to America and truly become Furia. Camila has always known what she wants, but can she sacrifice the beautiful life she’d have with Diego for the beautiful game?
KIRKUS – “A riveting coming-of-age story.”
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY – “Méndez (Where Are You From?) infuses her YA debut with sparkling vitality straight from the pitch in this powerful coming-of-age story set in Rosario, Argentina…Weaving rich cultural specifics and electric energy into her prose, Méndez crafts a dynamic, feminist narrative that commands attention from the very first line.”
NOTE: Workman has Spanish and English rights in North America
April 2020, Tu Books/Lee & Low, 288 pp
Twelve-year-old Minerva Soledad Madrid does not believe in fairies (or peques, as mamá calls them), despite the fact that her family insists peques followed them from Argentina to the US watch over them. As the oldest helping to care for her baby sisters while their mom works two jobs, Minnie doesn’t often get to be childish and dreams of being the first Latina president of the United States. A tiny part of her would like to believe in such fantasies, though, which is why she also dreams of being cast as Wendy in their school’s production of Peter Pan.
Those dreams are put on hold when one day mamá doesn’t come home. Days pass and Minnie is determined to keep her mother’s disappearance a secret and keep her sisters out of foster care while she tries to figure out what happened. Meanwhile, small gifts appear and unexpected, helpful coincidences occur. Could it really be peques like her sisters insist? And if it is, could they bring their mother back?
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NOTE: Note: Lee & Low has Spanish and English rights in North America