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Juana & Lucas: Muchos Changes

By Juana Medina
Illustrated by Juana Medina

When she learns that Mami is expecting a baby, Juana finds a way to rise to the occasion (despite a few stumbles at skating camp!) in a third episode filled with humor and warmth.

I agree with my abuelos—I think I will be a VERY good older hermana. Even when I am not the most patient human being on earth. . . . Juana’s life in Bogotá, Colombia, is just about perfect. Every now and then a big problema comes along—like having to learn English or Juana’s mami getting remarried—but things eventually settle down, and life goes back to feeling pretty perfect again. But then Mami springs two new sorpresas on Juana. One: Juana will be spending her school break going to skating camp instead of relaxing (even though she doesn’t know how to skate!). Two: Mami is going to have a baby! How can one Juana-size person possibly handle SO. MANY. CHANGES? The answer: with the gentle love of Mami and Luis, the guidance of Juana’s abuelos, the sympathy of newfound friends, the ready ear of her furry amigo Lucas, and Juana’s own expansive heart.

  • The third in this ground-breaking illustrated series about young Bogotan, Juana, and her beloved pet and confidante, Lucas. The first book, Juana & Lucas, was one of the first books about a Spanish-speaking child living in her own country (Colombia) to be published first in English, to include Spanish words in the narrative and to not include a glossary, and to reject Americanization or homogenization. Instead, context is used carefully to enable young readers to decode and discern meaning on their own and the protagonist's country and culture of origin are firmly intact
  • The first book won the Colombian-born author-illustrator a Pura Belpre Author Award and will be published in Spanish, also in Fall 2021. Juana Medina plans on writing more autobiographical books about Juana and Lucas, and has another four-color series signed up with Candlewick Press for a much younger audience. The first in that series is currently slated for Fall 2022
  • An utterly sympathetic portrayal of a child faced with big change, internally and externally. Eight-year old Juana has already experienced a new family and a new home in quick succession. In Muchos Changes, a third seismic event really challenges her ability to adapt and to accept: the pending arrival of a new baby sister, a half-sister to be exact. Alongside this event, Juana is faced with other trials, like learning how to roller skate and to make new friends

About the author

Juana Medina was born and grew up in Bogotá, Colombia. At school, she got into trouble for drawing cartoon versions of her teachers. Eventually, however, all that drawing (and trouble) paid off. Juana Medina is the author-illustrator of Juana & Lucas, which won the 2017 Pura Belpré Author Award, and Juana & Lucas: Big Problemas. She is also the author-illustrator of the picture books 1 Big Salad, ABC Pasta, and Sweet Shapes, and the illustrator of Smick! by Doreen Cronin, Lena’s Shoes Are Nervous: A First-Day-of-School Dilemma by Keith Calabrese, I’m a Baked Potato! by Elise Primavera, and Star of the Party by Jan Carr. Juana Medina lives with her family in the DC area.

ISBN: 9780763672096
Imprint: Candlewick
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: October 6, 2021
Dimensions: 177 x 227mm, 96pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $25.99
New Zealand RRP: $28.99
Stock Level: Out Of Stock

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