The Weekly 411 (8/19/22)


© Hannah Sease

Aug. 19, 2022 vol. 33

The Weekly 411 gathers all the links added to Kidlit411 each week. To receive this post by email, sign up for our email updatesAre you on Facebook? Join our Kidlit411 group for conversations and camaraderie. This week's illustration is by Hannah Sease.

Author Spotlights

We are excited to feature author Reese Eschmann and her debut middle-grade novel, Etta Invincible (Aladdin July 2022). Enter to win a copy!

cover & interior art: Gretel Lusky. Design: Laura Lyn DiSiena. 

We are excited to feature author Michal Babay and her recent picture book, THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING LUNCHROOM, illustrated by Paula Cohen (Charlesbridge July 2022). Enter to win a copy! 

Middle-Grade Giveaway

We are excited to host a giveaway of the middle-grade novel, THE OTHER SIDE OF THE RIVER, by Alda P. Dobbs (Sourcebooks), coming out on Sept. 6. Enter to win a copy!

cover art/design: John Jay Cabuay

About the Book: From the award-winning author of Barefoot Dreams of Petra Luna, Alda P. Dobbs, comes a compelling new novel about building a new life in America. Strong and determined, Petra Luna returns in a story about the immigrant experience that continues to be relevant today.

Petra Luna is in America, having escaped the Mexican Revolution and the terror of the Federales. Now that they are safe, Petra and her family can begin again, in this country that promises so much. Still, twelve-year-old Petra knows that her abuelita, little sister, and baby brother depend on her to survive. She leads her family from a smallpox-stricken refugee camp on the Texas border to the buzzing city of San Antonio, where they work hard to build a new life. And for the first time ever, Petra has a chance to learn to read and write.

Yet Petra also sees in America attitudes she thought she'd left behind on the other side of the Río Grande―people who look down on her mestizo skin and bare feet, who think someone like her doesn't deserve more from life. Petra wants more. Isn't that what the revolution is about? Her strength and courage will be tested like never before as she fights for herself, her family, and her dreams.

About the AuthorAlda P. Dobbs is the author of the historical novels Barefoot Dreams of Petra Luna and its followup, The Other Side of the River (September 2022). Her debut novel received a Pura Belpre Honor and is a Texas Bluebonnet Master List selection. Alda was born in a small town in northern Mexico but moved to San Antonio, Texas as a child. She studied physics and worked as an engineer before pursuing her love of storytelling. She’s as passionate about connecting children to their past, their communities, different cultures and nature as she is about writing. Alda lives with her husband and two children outside Houston, Texas.

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  1. I would love to read this book, and I live in San Antonio, TX. :) Thank you for sharing, and Congratulations on what sounds like a beautiful book!

  2. this will be a wonderful book

  3. What a beautiful cover! Congrats to Alda!

  4. I loved The Barefoot Dreams of Petra Luna and I'm looking forward to reading what is next for Petra!

  5. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of this beautiful book.


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