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The Fresh New Face of Griselda

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  33 ratings  ·  10 reviews
A moving coming-of-age novel about one girl's struggles after her parents lose their home, and her journey to find hope in family and friendship, from Jennifer Torres, the author of Stef Soto, Taco Queen.

Griselda "Geez" Zaragoza has a love for beautiful things, like her collection of vintage teacups and the flower garden she and her dad planted in the front yard. But when
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 29th 2019 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Ms. Yingling
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Griselda Zaragoza (or Geez, as her sister Maribel calls her) is apprehensive about the first day of 6th grade. Her father's landscaping business failed, and as a result, the family lost their home and moved in with their grandmother. Maribel has had to put off going to college, and is selling Alma cosmetics door to door to make money. When school starts, Griselda feels a little better when long time friend and neighbor Logan is there to support her. She hasn't
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Five fresh and dewy stars for this new middle grade novel. Love, love, love the way Torres evokes empathy for a family going through a rough patch while showing the plucky ingenuity of the two sisters. Our heroine Griselda has a collection of First Lady teacups. (Where can I find a set of my own.) Each features a quote on the bottom of the cup. The quote attributed to Lady Bird Johnson is a fantastic summary of this story: "Where flowers bloom, so does hope." Reading this feels like a modern ...more
sweet, slice of slice story. Great choice for realistic fiction fans, older elementary, grade 4 and up.
Melanie Dulaney
Griselda, aka Geez, finds herself starting 7th grade with her family struggling to recover from losing her father’s landscaping business and moving in with grandma. It’s not easy to adjust to junior high for anyone, but being on unfamiliar territory with things like free lunch and only having basic school supplies and clothes to start the year makes things especially difficult. Geez is determined to keep her change in circumstances a secret from all, including her best friend, but is also ...more
Jennifer Hill
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Poor Griselda. She is entering 6th grade, her family has lost their house and is living with her nana, her dad has had to take a job in LA (which is several hours away) and she is having to share a room with her sister. Griselda's sister, Maribel, sells Alma makeup (think Mary Kay or Avon) and goes door to door trying to make a sale with Griselda in tow. Once school starts Griselda (aka Geez, GZ) ends up selling Alma lipgloss and decides to try to sell 500 for a contest that could win her $5000. ...more
Dany Stark
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In the words of Lady Bird Johnson: Where flowers bloom, so does hope.

This is a heartwarming, wonderfully written story about the hardships that come with sudden poverty and how it impacts our relationships with ourselves, our friends, and our families. A great choice for anyone to read, but might be especially important to those going through unexpected changes in their lives so they know they’re not alone, and that things can always get better with support and a slight shift in perspective.

Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens
"Fans of Kelly Yang's Front Desk (2018) will enjoy Geez' entrepreneurial spirit and appreciate another strong-minded young woman of color seeking ways to relieve her family's financial burden. An enjoyable story about the ingenuity and bonds that help a family withstand tough times."— Kirkus Reviews
Oct 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Fun read!
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
4th grade and up. This book reminded me of the books I read when I was in the 4th-6th grade. It home for me and I'm so glad I read it.
Afoma Umesi
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Fresh New Face of Griselda is a thoughtful, sensitive book about a child coping with economic upheaval. This book will be helpful for kids dealing with economic changes or whose friends are experiencing them. More importantly, if you enjoy books with entrepreneurial girls or the bond of sisterhood, you’ll love this one!

Read my full review on my blog.
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