How Tia Lola Learned to Teach
By Julia Alvarez
(Yearling, Paperback, 9780375857928, 144pp.)
Publication Date: September 13, 2011
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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Tía Lola has been invited to teach Spanish at her niece and nephew’s elementary school. But Miguel wants nothing to do with the arrangement. He hasn’t had an easy time adjusting to his new school in Vermont and doesn’t like living so far away from Papi, who has a new girlfriend and an announcement to make. On the other hand, Miguel’s little sister, Juanita, can’t wait to introduce her colorfully dressed aunt with her migrating beauty mark to all her friends at school—that is, if she can stop getting distracted long enough to remember to do so. Before long, Tía Lola is organizing a Spanish treasure hunt and a Carnaval fiesta at school. Will Miguel be willing to join the fun? Will Juanita get her head out of the clouds and lead her classmates to victory in the treasure hunt?
Told with abundant humor and heart, Julia Alvarez’s new Tía Lola story is the long-awaited sequel to the beloved How Tía Lola Came to Visit Stay.
Julia Alvarez’s novels for young readers include Return to Sender, Finding Miracles, Before We Were Free, and How Tía Lola Came to Visit Stay, which Kirkus Reviews praised as “simple, bella, un regalo permanente; simple and beautiful, a gift that will stay.” She is also the award-winning author of How the García Girls Lost Their Accents, ¡Yo!, and In the Time of the Butterflies. She lives in Vermont with her husband and is a writer-in-residence at Middlebury College.
“A welcome return for a wonderful character whose heart encompasses the whole world.” —School Library Journal
“Alvarez invites everybody-no matter their background-into this welcoming family and community.” —The Horn Book