They're cutting funding at Sarai's school and her band program is the first to go. That is totally not okay with Sarai. She decides to organize a benefit concert to raise money! When she and her bandmates promote the concert on their video channel, it catches the attention of Sarai's favorite singer, Sparkles Sanchez! Can Sarai save the music?
Monica Brown is the award-winning author of super-awesome books for children, including the Lola Levine chapter book series, Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match/no combina
, Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos
, and Waiting for the Biblioburro
. She is a professor of English at Northern Arizona University, specializing in Latinx and African American Literature. She lives in Flagstaff, Arizona, with her husband and her dogs, Lola and Finn. Visit her at monicabrown.net.
Eleven-year-old Sarai Gonzalez became an overnight sensation after appearing in Bomba Estero's "Soy Yo," a music video about embracing yourself and loving your flaws. The video garnered over 30 million views and the New York Times
called Sarai a Latina icon. Sarai and the Meaning of Awesome
was the first book in her new chapter book series inspired by her life. Sarai lives in New Jersey with her family.