How Tia Lola Came to (Visit) Stay
By Julia Alvarez
(Yearling Books, Paperback, 9780440418702, 160pp.)
Publication Date: August 13, 2002
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Moving to Vermont after his parents split, Miguel has plenty to worry about Tia Lola, his quirky, "carismatica," and maybe magical aunt makes his life even more unpredictable when she arrives from the Dominican Republic to help out his Mami. Like her stories for adults, Julia Alvarez's first middle-grade book sparkles with magic as it illuminates a child's experiences living in two cultures.
2000 Woman of the Year by "Latina" magazine, and inclusion in the New York Public Library's 1996 program "The Hand of the Poet: Original Manuscripts by 100 Masters, from John Donne to Julia Alvarez." A writer-in-residence at Middlebury College, Alvarez and her husband, Bill Eichner, established Alta Gracia, an organic coffee farm-literacy arts center, in her homeland, the Dominican Republic.