Diana López
 author ~ educator


Confetti Girl

Now Available in Spanish

Confetti Girl

  • Winner of the William Allen White Award
  • New York Library's "100 Titles for Reading and Sharing"
  • 2010 Americas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature -- Commended Title
  • Latinidad's "Top Latino Book of the Year" for Middle Grade Category
  • Scholastic Book Club and Book Fair Selection

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Praise for Confetti Girl

“Like a cascarón, Lina's life is full of colorful people and events, and you will want to read about every single one of them in this witty, honest novel.” —  Time for Kids, Kid Reporter Claire Epting

“Employing lovely metaphors and realistic dialogue, adult author López (Sofia's Saints) delicately displays the power of optimism and innovation during difficult times.” — Publishers Weekly

“An appealing coming-of-age novel set in a traditional Mexican-American town, in which Hispanic teachers, students and parents celebrate traditional American holidays such as Thanksgiving alongside such traditional Mexican observances as el Día de los Muertos and a quinceañera. Local idioms of Spanish proverbs -- dichos -- used as chapter headings enlighten both characters and readers.” — Kirkus Reviews

“López effectively portrays the Texas setting and the characters’ Latino heritage….This debut novel puts at its center a likable girl facing realistic problems on her own terms.” — ALA Booklist

“López weaves Lina's bilingual and bicultural upbringing into the narrative seamlessly, giving young Latina readers an added element to connect with.” — El Paso Times

“Although ‘Confetti Girl’ takes on a serious subject matter, it's also about fun, a whole semester's worth, which includes confrontations with the school's most popular boy, a school festival, volleyball, friendship, boy craziness, a quinceañera and trips to the beach — and the counselor's office.”—San Antonio Express-News

"Like the colorful cascarones López writes about, Confetti Girl is bursting with heartwarming cheer." — Grace Lin, author of The Year of the Dog

“Diana López has written a great book in Confetti Girl. One thing readers will notice about the book besides a great set of characters and a fantastic story: the dichos, sayings or adages meant to shed some light on a situation, to teach a lesson, to encourage wisdom. If that's the case, then here's mine for this wonderful novel: Un libro sin abrir es una vida sin sabor (A book unread is a life unlived). So, live this book. Live its humor, its sadness, and ultimately its great joy.”
René Saldaña, Jr., author of The Whole Sky Full of Stars, Finding Our Way, and The Jumping Tree

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