Stella Díaz Never Gives Up
Stella Díaz Never Gives Up
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Series: Stella Diaz Vol. 2   
Annotation: From award-winning author Angela Dominguez, comes the novel Stella Diaz Never Gives Up , a novel about a shy Mexican-American girl who speaks up to help save the ocean from pollution.
Catalog Number: #225923
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
Publisher: Square Fish
Copyright Date: 2021
Edition Date: 2021
Pages: 194 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-250-76271-5 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-8609-9
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-250-76271-9 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-8609-6
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2019941021
Dimensions: 20 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
After tackling the business of making a big presentation at school, Stella is ready for a summer full of exciting adventures. She visits her family's home country of Mexico and sees the ocean for the first time. Then, she attends a camp at the Shedd Aquarium, where she learns that the ocean is in big trouble, and it's up to all of us to do our part to protect it and all its creatures. The theme of Stella's story continues along the lines of finding your voice and learning how to connect with people, and the challenge of saving the oceans is just the push she needs not just to make new friends but to organize them to make a difference. Stella Diaz Never Gives Up is the second entry in a delightful series that is full of heart and purpose. The author sprinkles in plenty of charming illustrations and immersive Spanish language phrases. A list of resources and ideas for charity projects for any budding activists who feel empowered by Stella's story is icing on the cake.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5 Stella Diaz takes on summer with the same energy and curiosity she brought to school when first introduced in Stella Diaz Has Something to Say . Whether she's seeing the ocean for the first time or attending the Shedd Aquarium summer camp, Stella finds support and confidence to raise her voice in advocacy. Worried that her passion for protecting the marine life is hers alone, Stella's heart soars when her new camp friends join her saving-the-oceans club. The racially diverse group of friends raise money for the Marine Mammal Center and work together to spread awareness about reducing plastic consumption. Culturally specific details, especially during a visit to Mexico City to see family, are seamlessly woven into Stella's first-person narrative. Although conflicts are minor, the character dynamics shine. Readers with teenage siblings will identify with Stella's struggle to understand her older brother as he gains independence. Dominguez deftly navigates Stella's feelings of helplessness when confronted with the enormity of the impact of human consumption, providing readers with reassurance that even little changes make a big difference. Grayscale illustrations, sprinkled throughout, provide context for new vocabulary. Spanish words are printed in italicsan intentional, inclusive choice according to the author's noteso the text is easier for readers to navigate, no matter their familiarity with the Spanish language. Back matter includes information about ocean conservancy and a list of websites to explore. VERDICT A stellar sequel or stand-alone title with a plot that strikes the perfect balance between character-driven action and activism. Amy Seto Forrester, Denver Public Library
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Word Count: 24,750
Reading Level: 4.2
Interest Level: 2-5
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.2 / points: 4.0 / quiz: 507944 / grade: Middle Grades
Guided Reading Level: T

From award-winning author Angela Dominguez comes the novel Stella Diaz Never Gives Up , a story about a shy Mexican-American girl who becomes an environmental activist and makes a difference in her community. Stella gets a big surprise when her mom plans a trip to visit their family in Mexico! Stella loves marine animals, and she can't wait to see the ocean for the first time . . . until she arrives and learns that the sea and its life forms are in danger due to pollution. Stella wants to save the ocean, but she knows she can't do it alone. It's going to take a lot of work and help from old and new friends to make a difference, but Stella Díaz never gives up! This is the second middle-grade novel from award-winning picture book author and illustrator Angela Dominguez. Based on the author's experiences growing up Mexican-American, this infectiously charming character comes to life through relatable story-telling including simple Spanish vocabulary and adorable black-and-white art throughout.

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