They Call Her Fregona: A Border Kid's Poems (Hardcover)

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They Call Her Fregona: A Border Kid's Poems (Hardcover)


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A companion to the Pura Belpré Honor book They Call Me Güero

“You can be my boyfriend.” It only takes five words to change Güero’s life at the end of seventh grade. The summer becomes extra busy as he learns to balance new band practice with his old crew, Los Bobbys, and being Joanna Padilla’s boyfriend. They call her “fregona” because she’s tough, always sticking up for her family and keeping the school bully in check. But Güero sees her softness. Together they cook dollar-store spaghetti and hold hands in the orange grove, learning more about themselves and each other than they could have imagined. But when they start eighth grade, Joanna faces a tragedy that requires Güero to reconsider what it means to show up for someone you love.
Honoring multiple poetic traditions, They Call Her Fregona is a bittersweet first-love story in verse and the highly anticipated follow-up to They Call Me Güero.
DAVID BOWLES grew up in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas, where he teaches at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. He’s the author of several award-winning titles, including They Call Me Güero, The Smoking Mirror, the 13th Street series, and Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky: Myths of Mexico. His picture book debut, My Two Border Towns, is available in English and Spanish. In 2020, David co-founded #DignidadLiteraria, a grassroots activist hashtag and movement dedicated to promoting equity for Latinx people in publishing. You can find him online at and @DavidOBowles on most social media platforms. 
Product Details ISBN: 9780593462577
ISBN-10: 0593462572
Publisher: Kokila
Publication Date: September 6th, 2022
Pages: 256
Language: English
Praise for They Call Her Fregona
A Kirkus Reviews Best Middle Grade Book of 2022
A Center for the Study of Multicultural Children’s Literature Best Book of 2022
A Tomás Rivera Children's Book Award Finalist
A WASHINGTON DC Three Star Book Award

★ “Sublime.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review
★ “An unforgettable companion to They Call Me Güero.”
School Library Journal, starred review
“Captivating . . . a linguistic feast.”
—Terry Hong, Smithsonian BookDragon, for Shelf Awareness