Ay Mija! (A Graphic Novel): My Bilingual Summer In Mexico

ISBN-10: 0316591920
ISBN-13: 9780316591928
Author: Suggs, Christine
Illustrated by: Suggs, Christine
Interest Level: 7-12
Publisher: Hachette Book Group

Publication Date: April 2023

Copyright: 2023

Page Count: 336

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Interest Level

Grades 7-12

Reading Level

Accelerated Reader Level: 2.8
Accelerated Reader Points: 1.0

In this bilingual, inventive, and heartfelt debut, graphic novel talent Christine Suggs explores a trip they took to Mexico to visit family, embracing and rebelling against their heritage and finding a sense of belonging. Sixteen-year-old Christine takes their first solo trip to Mexico to spend a few weeks with their grandparents and tia. At first, Christine struggles to connect with family they don't yet share a language with. Seeing the places their mom grew up, the school she went to, the cafe where she had her first date with their father, Christine becomes more and more aware of the generational differences in their family. Soon Christine settles into life in Mexico, eating pan dulce, drawing what they see, and growing more comfortable with Spanish. But when Mom joins their trip, Christine's two worlds collide. They feel homesick for Texas, struggle against traditions, and miss being able to speak to their mom without translating. Eventually, through exploring the impacts of colonialism in both Mexico and themselves, they find their place in their family and start to feel comfortable with their mixed identity.
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