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Stella Díaz Dreams Big

(Stella Diaz #3)

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  16 ratings  ·  13 reviews
In Stella Díaz Dreams Big, by award-winning author and illustrator Angela Dominguez, how will Stella fare when the waters get rough?

Stella is happy as a clam in fourth grade. She's the president of the Sea Musketeers conservation club, she starts taking swim lessons, and she joins a new art club at school. But as her schedule fills up, school gets harder, too. Suddenly th
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published January 12th 2021 by Roaring Brook Press
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Ms. Yingling
Oct 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus

Stella and her best friend Jenny are enjoying fourth grade, even though there are some changes. Stella's older brother, Nick, is finding high school to be very challenging, and he's having trouble keeping up with his work. Jenny is involved in dance and swimming, leaving her little time for Stella's favorite group, the Sea Musketeers. Even Stella's mother, who has been divorced from Stella's father for several years, is dating new neighbor Diego. Stella starts the
Afoma (Reading Middle Grade)
Jan 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Stella Diaz Dreams Big is a heartwarming addition to the Stella Diaz series. This relatable early middle-grade book has lovely black and white illustrations perfect for kids who are just getting into thicker chapter books. With a theme affecting many young people today — over-scheduling — this book is sure to make waves among young readers who will see themselves in Stella’s predicament. I would highly recommend this for kids ages 7-10!

Read my full review on my blog.

I received an eARC of this bo
Melanie Dulaney
Jan 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
What a wonderful book for 3rd-5th grade students! 4th grade Stella has found so many activities that she loves-Her Sea Musketeers club is doing all that they can to protect the ocean and the marine life in it, art club, and swimming lessons plus she is having the increase in homework that comes with getting older and, of course, there are the complexities that come from changing friendships. Author Dominguez does a masterful job of keeping the plot simple without letting it become dull, includin ...more
Rachel Espinosa
Dec 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I should start off by saying that I LOVE the Stella Diaz series. I think they are the perfect books for strong 2nd-3rd readers and excellent plot lines for reluctant 4th-5th readers. I purchased Stella Diaz Has Something to Say when I noticed a few third grade girls were struggling to find their place in their classroom. While I do not know what difference it made in their classroom, the books has been passed around that group of girls and always requested. Our school counselor and myself had a ...more
Dec 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Stella Diaz has grown so much since book one! This is book three in this young middle grade series, and she now has friends, is in clubs, and is fitting in. In fact, that's the big problem in this book!

She gets overextended and isn't able to fulfill all the obligations she's volunteered for. She wants to do it all and she has to understand that she needs to make choices and prioritize, super important lessons for kids that are usually skipped (or made by parents.) Also when she lets her friends
Oct 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Cute, fun follow up to the first two in the series.
Stella is starting 4th grade and has big plans. She attended camp and started a club, the Sea Musketeers, started swim lessons, and joined the art club. After a few weeks, she starts to feel overwhelmed by it all. She wants to do everything, but there is more homework and her clubs require more commitment than she thought. She is also getting bullied by Ben for being friends with Sam. When her club decides that there should be co-presidents inst
Nov 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an electronic ARC from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group through NetGalley.
Dominguez continues to develop these characters in this third book about Stella. She's now in fourth grade and has gained confidence in herself. This year brings more homework and more opportunities for new activities. Stella finds herself in a place both new and more mature readers will relate to - she's overcommitted and not sure how to balance her time. Plus, she doesn't want to burden anyone else so doe
Jan 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
Stella Díaz Dreams Big is a great addition to the Stella Díaz series. In this book, Stella is dealing with overcommitting to activities and with her mother starting to date again after her parents' divorce. The story is engaging and can be read as a stand-alone. I love the Spanish scattered throughout the book. For those that do not speak Spanish, the author does a good job of letting the reader know what is being said without it sounding like a Spanish lesson.

Thanks to the publisher and to Net
Emily LaSalle
Jan 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I have read the first one in this series but not the second one. It is a easy read. It is about a girl named Stella who is a president of a club and she signs up for to swimming and a painting class at her school she also has to focus on a egg drop she is doing in school her life is so packed full of stuff. Then she gets a new neighbor that has a daughter maybe things will be ok. She is mad after her club makes one of the people co president. Will every thing be ok?
Kary H.
Oct 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to NetGalley for an e-arc of this book. The third Stella Diaz book did not disappoint. This time, Stella is facing too many commitments and not enough time. The Sea Musketeers, swimming lessons, the new art club, plus more homework in 4th grade...all combine to make Stella feel stressed. I loved that this book dealt with school stress, bullying, a mother’s possible boyfriend, and friendship issues.
Feb 09, 2021 rated it liked it
Good book for children! Has real issues that students might face such as being too busy/overcommitting, and how to manage all their different interests and activities. The Spanish interspersed in the story is easy to understand for younger readers, as Stella organically explains the meanings of the Spanish vocabulary. A nice story about a caring family and balancing family commitments, school, clubs, and relationships.
Tina Athaide
Nov 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Stella Diaz doesn't disappoint in her latest adventures. This is great book for tweens and upper elementary as it tackles real experiences like the challenge of balancing homework and after school activities or a divorced parent starting to date. The third Stella Diaz book will continue to delight young readers. ...more
Lisa D
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! What a cute book! Love this series & this author!
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Angela Dominguez was born in Mexico City and grew up in the great state of Texas. She now resides on the east coast with her boyfriend and petite dog, Petunia.

She is also the author and illustrator of several books for children and a two-time recipient of Pura Belpré Illustration Honor. Her debut middle grade novel, Stella Díaz Has Something To Say, was a New York Public Library and a Chicago Pub

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Stella Diaz (3 books)
  • Stella Díaz Has Something to Say
  • Stella Díaz Never Gives Up

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