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Middle Grade

  • The Barefoot Dreams of Petra Luna, Alda P. Dobbs
    Sourcebooks Young Readers, 9781728234656, September 14, 2021 (Middle Grade)

    “It is 1913. The revolution is burning through Mexico and 12-year-old Petra Luna’s father has been arrested, her mother has died, and her grandmother has decided they need to leave their home for safety in the north. This stunning story of bravery and loss (based on the author’s great-grandmother’s early life) is exciting and inspiring and way too close to what we are seeing today.”

    René Kirkpatrick, University Book Store, Seattle, WA

    “Alda P. Dobbs has gifted her future readers with a much needed Mexican and American history, brought to life vividly in the death-defying journey of Petra and her familia. This suspenseful and inspiring story of war, migration, and the determination of one young girl has left me excited for Petra’s future.”

    Brein Lopez, Children’s Book World, Los Angeles, CA


    “Based on a powerful true event, author Dobbs tells the story of her family's immigration, the Mexican revolution, and changing roles of women with vivid details and a strong protagonist. The book will appeal to a wide age group from late elementary up, and draw readers beyond the pages into its important time and place.”

    -Hannah Amrollahi, Bookworm of Omaha, Omaha, NE


    The Barefoot Dreams of Petra Luna takes readers into the heart of war through the eyes of a girl named Petra whose world calls for bravery, stamina, and hope. When her home is destroyed, she and remaining family members become refugees, holding on to life in a brutal landscape, while searching for a place to survive. The Mexican Revolution in 1913 is the perilous, heart-breaking environment Petra must navigate. Her story is exquisitely written and invites readers to delve into history to learn more about this time period.”

    Connie Griffin, Bookworks, Albuquerque, NM

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