Diana López
 author ~ educator

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Early Praise for Ask My Mood Ring How I Feel

"With one out of eight women facing breast cancer, we're long overdue for a realistic yet hopeful story about the disease's impact on young people. Diana López fills the void with a touch that is both honest and light.  Ask My Mood Ring How I Feel shows that cancer can change everything and nothing all at once. Whether she's working hard at fulfilling her promesa or bickering with her little sister, Chia is a hero we identify with and root for." Sofia Quintero author of Efrain's Secret

"An honest, sometimes uncomfortable, but always hopeful look at how cancer affects family...Erika's story is full of the healing power of love." Guadalupe Garcia McCall – author of Under the Mesquite

“I kept hoping that pink was indeed a color on Chia's mood ring. Pink, like the Blues, is the story of struggle, of surviving, and what is oftentimes a difficult healing, but a healing nevertheless. My own promesa after reading López's wonderful novel: to run alongside my wife and hundreds of thousands of others on that day of the Race for the Cure from here henceforth.” Rene Saldaña  author of A Good Long Way

"López (Choke) skillfully balances emotional moments with humorous ones, offering an honest portrait of a family under strain. Chia’s clever, cheeky voice and a strong cast contribute to an inspiring story about developing 'a special kind of bravery.'"  Publishers Weekly

“A funny and heartfelt story about a girl dealing with the trials of middle school and her mother’s breast cancer.”  Kirkus


About the Book

 It's summer before eighth grade, and Erica "Chia" Montenegro is feeling so many things that she needs a mood ring to keep track of her emotions. She's happy when she hangs out with her best friends, the Robins. She's jealous that her genius little sister skipped two grades. And she's passionate about the crushes on her Boyfriend Wish list. And when Erica's mom is diagnosed with breast cancer, she feels worried and doesn't know what she can do to help.

When her family visits a cuarto de milagros, a miracle room in a famous church, Erica decides to make a promesa to God in exchange for her mom's health. As her mom gets sicker, Erica quickly learns that juggling family, friends, school, and fulfilling a promesa is stressful, but with a little bit of hope and a lot of love, she just might be able to figure it out.

Ask My Mood Ring How I Feel is a sweet, funny, and utterly honest story about being a girl in a world full of good (and bad) surprises.


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