Rising star Kat Fajardo's debut middle-grade graphic novel about a girl who would rather do anything other than celebrate her quinceañera! A funny and heartfelt coming-of-age story about navigating the expectations of family and cultural tradition.
Sue just wants to spend the summer reading and making comics at sleepaway camp with her friends, but instead she gets stuck going to Honduras to visit relatives with her parents and two sisters. They live way out in the country, which means no texting, no cable, and no Internet! The trip takes a turn for the worse when Sue's mother announces that they'll be having a surprise quinceañera for Sue, which is the last thing she wants. She can't imagine wearing a big, floofy, colorful dress! What is Sue going to do? And how will she survive all this "quality" time with her rambunctious family?
Miss Quinces/Srta. Quinces is the first graphic novel published by Scholastic/Graphix to be simultaneously released in English and Spanish editions!
New Yorker and aspiring graphic novelist Suyapa Guti rrez, the protagonist of Fajardo's solo debut, would rather spend her 15th birthday reading manga than dancing in a "weird poofy dress" at a quincea era. But on a family trip to visit her mother's family in Honduras, Sue learns that her mother has already planned the celebration with a pink princess theme and invited 100 guests. Sue's beloved artist grandmother proposes a compromise: if Sue has the quinces of her mother's dreams, she'll get to attend sleepaway camp with friends. But as the family prepares, her grandmother's health takes a turn, making for a very different kind of ceremony. Choppy-haired, bespectacled Sue, who prefers black to pink and longs for more independence than her protective parents allow, embodies challenges that will be recognizable to many. Fajardo is sympathetic to the entire extended family: Sue's parents make concessions to the individual she's becoming (she receives a pair of construction boots, not pumps, for the celebration's shoe ceremony), and Sue learns to cherish family tradition en route to appreciating her Honduran heritage. A slightly redundant travelogue, Sue's creation for class, concludes; Fajardo closes with photos from her own quinces and a glossary. Final art not seen by PW. Ages 8 12. Agent: Linda Camacho, Gallt & Zacker Literary.