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Stella Diaz Has Something to Say

2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, Realistic

Stella Dias Has Something to Say by Angela Dominguez
Recommended for: Grades 2 and up

Stella Diaz, a Mexican-American girl living in Chicago, loves her fish, family, and best friend. Around others though, Stella is shy and nervous. These traits especially come out when she and her best friend are put in different classes this school year. The book follows Stella as she gains confidence from her classmates and family, and finds joy in dancing, drawing, and a spelling bee. It lightly touches on a few important issues like divorce (Stella has a not-so-great relationship with her father who lives in a different state) and split cultural and language identities (Stella sometimes confuses English and Spanish words and wishes she lived in Mexico with the rest of her family). Black and white illustrations offer a fun visual to the stories. In the end, you will be cheering alongside Stella as she finds her inner star during a school presentation. The character of Stella is instantly relatable, and you will quickly come to adore her sweetness and bravery. This is a great choice for anyone who loves Clementine. Plus – the story feels especially real since it is “89.2 percent” based on the author’s real life experiences.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Brown

2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, Realistic.
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