Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Fresh New Face of Griselda” as Want to Read:
The Fresh New Face of Griselda
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

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
...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 29th 2019 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Fresh New Face of Griselda, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Fresh New Face of Griselda

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.21  · 
Rating details
 ·  33 ratings  ·  10 reviews


More filters
 | 
Sort order
Start your review of The Fresh New Face of Griselda
Ms. Yingling
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus



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
...more
Darla
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
Kristy
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.

**E
...more
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
PrincessLhala
Oct 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Fun read!
Judith
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.
Micki U
rated it really liked it
Jul 13, 2019
Paula
rated it liked it
May 13, 2019
Elese
rated it really liked it
Mar 26, 2019
Sasha Beezy
rated it really liked it
Sep 14, 2019
Scoutaccount
rated it liked it
Nov 26, 2019
Beck
rated it it was amazing
Sep 05, 2019
Kristie
rated it it was amazing
Jul 24, 2019
Beth Raff
rated it really liked it
Aug 08, 2019
Shannon Hart
rated it it was amazing
Jul 20, 2019
Leslie
rated it really liked it
Oct 30, 2019
Marissa Gehrke
rated it really liked it
Nov 23, 2019
Elise
rated it it was ok
Sep 13, 2019
Cailin Kelley
rated it really liked it
Nov 16, 2019
Nat
rated it it was amazing
Mar 23, 2019
Jessica
rated it really liked it
Jul 14, 2019
Shari   Gonzales
rated it it was amazing
Sep 29, 2019
Wendy Lavenda-Carroll
rated it it was amazing
Dec 04, 2019
Karis
rated it it was amazing
Dec 08, 2019
Khalil
rated it it was amazing
Dec 14, 2018
Carol
rated it it was amazing
Aug 06, 2019
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Look Both Ways
  • Some Places More Than Others
  • Dear Sweet Pea
  • Strange Birds: A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers
  • The Line Tender
  • Scouts
  • Up for Air
  • The Boy At the Back of the Class
  • The Benefits of Being an Octopus
  • Ruby in the Sky
  • Lalani of the Distant Sea
  • Queen of the Sea
  • My Jasper June
  • Best Friends (Real Friends, #2)
  • My Fate According to the Butterfly
  • White Bird
  • Bouncing Back
  • Because of the Rabbit
See similar books…