María Emilia has just immigrated to the US from Argentina, and jumping into seventh grade in Cedar City, Utah, is not easy. Speaking English all day turns out to be really hard...especially when her classmates poke fun at her accent.
Her saving grace is the stray dog she discovers in her backyard, especially since it looks and acts like the beloved pet cat she used to have in Argentina. Eventually, it turns out the dog isn't a stray after all -- she belongs to Emilia's new neighbor, Julián. In order to spend more time with the dog (who totally isn't her reincarnated cat...right?), she agrees to join Julián's band.
But can Emilia find her new voice in the US without losing herself?
Yamile Saied Méndez
Yamile (sha-MEE-lay) Saied Méndez is the author of Blizzard Besties
, Random Acts of Kittens
, and several other books for young readers. She was born and raised in Rosario, Argentina, but has lived most of her life in a lovely valley surrounded by mountains with her husband, five kids, two dogs, and one majestic cat who rules them all. A Walter Dean Myers Grant recipient, she is also a graduate of the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Connect with her at yamilesmendez.com.